New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the 22-minute chilling video where the fighters are seen pledging allegiance to Ansar-ul-Tawhid (AuT) – the Indian arm of ISIS, has identified one of the Indian youths in the video as Tahawuur Rehman.
While NIA had identified most of the people who appeared on the video, there was confusion over an Indian ISIS recruit – Mohammad Khadeer – being in the video. However, with the identification of Rehman by Abu Anas, who helped both Rehman and Khadeer reach Syria, that confusion is now ruled out.
“Mohammad Khadeer was helped by Abu Anas to fly to Dubai and then to Turkey, to reach Syria. While Tahawuur Rana reached Syria from North Texas,” said a senior officer. NIA also claims to have identified the masked man in the video as Aman Tandel, a youth from Kalyan who fled to Syria.
The investigating agency now has decided use this ISIS video as evidence in the Areeb Majid case. Majid is in NIA custody and has been booked under IPC.
NIA has been in constant touch with US authorities and FBI for various cases and it is in the process of sending a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with the US to unravel the 22-minute video.