Arshid Qureshi, a suspected ISIS recruiter allegedly linked to controversial preacher Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), was arrested by a team of Kerala police and the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.
Arshi Qureshi, a public relation manager at Islamic Research Foundation, was arrested from Nerul in Navi Mumbai under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and produced before a local court before being placed in transit remand. He will be taken to Kerala and produced before a court in Kochi. report Hindustan Times.
A case under IPC sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 153 A (promoting enmity between groups) as well as under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act was registered in Kochi.
The Police Arshid arrested Qureshi from his Navi Mumbai home following complaints by the brother of the alleged IS recruit, Merlin alias Mariam that Qureshi and Mariam’s husband, Bestin Vincent alias Yahia were behind the alleged conversion of Mariam and recruitment to IS.
“As per the statement, Qureshi insisted that Ebin should embrace Islam and join IS. It was Bestin who compelled Ebin to come to Mumbai and meet Qureshi,” Ernakulam ACP K V Vijayan, the investigating officer, told TOI.
The case against Arshid Qureshi and Bestin could be the first registered under UAPA against any of the 21 Keralites who have gone missing and allegedly joined the IS.