ISIS handlers used Rohingya to enlist
Phone intercepts and Facebook posts of two ISIS head-hunters, recently arrested in Gujarat, indicate that they lured Indian Muslim youths by citing atrocities in Kashmir and the conflict in Myanmar, where Rohingya Muslims have been facing persecution.
Mohammed Qasim Stimberwala and Ubed Ahmed Mirza had been propagating the ISIS ideology for the last three years. The intelligence agencies are in possession of hours of chatter, wherein the duo can be heard prompting the young minds to take up the cause of ISIS.
In a recent conversation, one recruit is heard asking Qasim about the Rohingya crisis. “Wo Burma me chal raha hai uske liye kuch hai ki nahi (Are there any instructions for what’s happening in Burma).” To which, Qasim replies: “Arey bhai tu ye sab phone pe mat puchch, main tere ko mil ke batata hun (Don’t ask all this on the phone. I will tell you when we meet).”
The police have also mentioned several other phone and Facebook conversations in their report.
The duo first came on the radar in 2014, while they were facilitating the travel of four Hyderabad youths to Turkey. They were to later cross over to Syria to join the ISIS. The police FIR mentioned that the …read more