Chennai: The National Investigation Agency has registered an FIR against 8 people from Tamil Nadu, including Haja Fakrudin, one of the early birds from Tamil Nadu to go to Syria to fight for the ISIS and Kaja Moideen, now lodged in Salem prison, who is believed to have masterminded the murder of KP Suresh Kumar, a Hindu Munnani activist, in 2014 in Chennai.
The FIR covers ISIS-linked activities in Tamil Nadu from 2013 to 2016. A NIA team from Delhi had met Kaja Moideen and others before registering the case in last week of January.
Haja Fakrudin (40), from Parnagipettai in Cuddalore district, was working in Singapore when he got attracted to ISIS and went to Syria. “We believe that he is still there in Syria,” NIA sources here said.
Kaja Moideen (50), another native of Cuddalore, was arrested by the Chennai police in July 2014 in connection with the murder of Suresh Kumar which took place in June 2014. Six other persons were also arrested at that time. Suresh Kumar, president of Tiruvallur East unit of Hindu Munnani, was hacked to death just as he was closing his STD booth on the night of June 18. Police had disclosed that he was murdered for his 'inflammatory' speech at a public gathering in Avadi in December 2013.
Of the eight figuring in the FIR only Haja Fakruddin had managed to reach Syria. “Two others had gone to Turkey and came back. They claim that it was a business trip,” sources added.
All other people figuring in the NIA FIR are basically those who provided logistics support to people like Haja Fakruddin and Kaja Moideen. Noman Jameel from Telangana also figured in the FIR. His bank account was used to transact money to fund suspected ISIS activities, sources said here.
NIA Delhi booked a case with RC-03/2017 title ISIS case following orders from Ministry of Home Affairs under criminal conspiracy120 B and various sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
NIA said ,"The Central Government has received information that during the investigation of NIA Abu Dhabi module it has been revealed that a group of nine persons including eight hailing from Tamil Nadu and Noman Jameel from Telengana, and some other unknown persons, with the intention to further the activities of ISIS, a banned terrorist organisation in India, hatched a criminal conspiracy in Chennai and other parts of the country by forming a terrorist gang which raised and received funds, organised camp, recruited and trained some persons, and facilitated their travel to Syria, to join ISIS".
The Abu Dhabi module includes Sheikh Azhar Al Islam Abdul Sattar Sheikh, Mohammed Farhan Mohammed Rafiq Shaikh and Adnan Hussain Mohamed Hussain.