New Delhi: A man from Kerala’s Kannur with alleged ISIS links, was arrested at the Delhi International airport on Wednesday, police said. He was deported by the Turkish police for holding a fake passport.
The Delhi Police’s anti-terror unit is probing his links with the terror group.
“A case of cheating, forgery, impersonation and under sections of the passport act has been registered against him. We are probing his links with ISIS. We will interrogate him to probe how he got a forged passport,” a senior police officer said.
The man in his mid-30s was reportedly deported by the Turkish police for entering the country on a forged passport. Intelligence officials told the police that he planned to enter Syria and was in touch with many other ISIS sympathisers who have sneaked into the country.
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He is learnt to have told the police he was in touch with Indian ISIS sympathisers currently training in Syria.
Sources said it was his second attempt to sneak into Syria. He reportedly confessed that in February he had tried to enter Syria through Turkey but failed.
Police said he was radicalised over the internet and encouraged to join training camps in Syria, following which he got in touch with agents, who promised to arrange his trip. The police have also seized his mobile phone to check all his chats and emails to find out who he was in touch with.
Last year, 21 people from Kerala allegedly joined ISIS in Afghanistan. The disappearance of the group, which included six women and three children had shocked the nation. Most of these people were educated and came from upper middle-class families.