ISIS links: City bizmen under scanner

By NT Bureau Published on Feb 23, 2017 04:21 PM IST

The Kotturpuram police station, where Iqbal is currently lodged.

Chennai: After days of grilling Mylapore resident Mohammad Iqbal for his links with the ISIS, investigators have

zeroed in on two businessmen out of total six suspects, who are reportedly said to be hiding in the city.

One of them is heading a jewellery showroom , sources said. It is learnt that Iqbal has been remanded in Kotturpuram Police station and the city police has a minimal role to play in the investigation since central intelligence agencies are involved, said a higher official.

According to sources, Iqbal made a confession to the police that he transferred money to one Ahmed through his associates Karimullah and Riay of Mannadi, Chennai.

Ahmed transferred the cash to ISIS headquarters in Syria.

On investigation, it was found that Iqbal has raised funds for the network and even sent them in Chinese currency through another person, Tausif,30, who runs a cellphone business in Triplicane. Further, he has planned to visit Iran last year and paid a huge sum to an agent from his account in a Karur Vysya Bank branch here. Apparently, he called off the trip on the grounds of health problems but visited consulate general of Iran in Hyderabad.

Ahmed's arrest by the ATS Jaipur in November revealed his links with Iqbal. On 4 February, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) arrested Iqbal, resident 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 prison.

WHAT AND HOW

Mohamed Iqbal had collected money to be sent to Syria from here on instructions from ISIS handler Abu Saad Al-Sudani that were received through KiK Messenger. Iqbal's messenger ids-- TravelHaq and Travel2Haq-- were deleted just before he was arrested with smuggled gold bars.