Chennai: The custodial interrogation of an ISIS sympathiserr from the Chennai city had revealed the role of at least 14 others being involved in the Chennai module; of them 4 could be college students. The suspect Mohamed Iqbal (32) was planning to take the Schengen route to join the fight in Syria in support of ISIS and was making preparations.
Mohamed Iqbal, presently in the custody of the Anti-Terror-Squad (ATS) Jaipur, is also being quizzed by other central agencies and the internal security agency from the State.
“Mohamed Iqbal had collected money to be sent to Syria from here on instructions from ISIS supervisor Abu Saad Al-Sudani that were received through KiK Messenger. Mohamed Iqbal’s messenger ids — TravelHaq and Travel2Haq — were deleted just before he was arrested with smuggled gold bars.
Mohamed Iqbal had routed his money to China through his agent with trade links to that country and from there it was moved to Bosnia before it landed in the reserves of ISIS. He made similar ‘Hawala’ transactions to Dubai from where the money was routed to Syria through Jameel Ahmed who works as accounts manager with a private organization in Dubai besides doubling up as the ISIS handler. Mohamed Iqbal had named the 2 persons who helped him complete the ‘Hawala’ transactions.
Earlier, in 2015, Mohamed Iqbal had made a payment to process his Iran visa,” an investigation officer sharing in to the quizzing told to the source.
The police suspect that his visa for Iran might have been used as a front to mislead the investigating agencies about his adherence.
He had made telegraphic transfer of Rs 8,098 (the then equivalent to 90 euros) to the account of www.key2persia.com, a private travels agency, on September 23, 2015 to process the visa application. He, still, did not appear before the Iran embassy in Hyderabad in the scheduled time.
He was also in touch with another ISIS supervisor Abu Osama Al-Somali. Jameel Ahmed acted as a channel between Mohamed Iqbal – his links down the chain and ISIS supervisors.
Ahmed’s arrest by the ATS Jaipur in November exposed his links with Mohamed Iqbal.
On February 4, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) arrested Mohamed Iqbal, inhabitant of Bazar Lane, Mylapore, in Arambakkam near Gummidipoondi along with 3 others, with 20-foreign-marked-gold bars, worth nearly Rs 1 crore, and was lodged in Puzhal jail.