Zakir Naik a ‘Source of Motivation’ for Busted IS Module

The module led by Omar al-Hindi was being tracked by intelligence agencies for almost four to five months.

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Zakir Naik (Photo: Hardeep Singh/<b>The Quint</b>)

Manseed alias Omar al-Hindi, the chief of terror group Islamic State module busted by the NIA on Sunday, had worked for 12 years as part of the intelligence wing of Popular Front India (PFI), reporting on activities of the RSS and its functionaries in Kerala.

The group he headed was plotting Nice-like attacks on community events in Kochi. An amount of Rs 38,000 was transferred to the group from abroad to buy a second-hand vehicle to be driven into the crowd.

Controversial cleric Zakir Naik has also been linked with the members al-Hindi's module, as they claimed to have been motivated by his speeches and social media posts.


Al-Hindi's association with PFI ended after the organisation expelled him for marrying a woman from the Philippines, he revealed to his interrogators, reported The Times of India.

It was while interacting with jihad-minded people on social media, he encountered his Afghanistan-based handler Abu Aysha, who helped him put together a Facebook group called 'Ansar-ul-Khilaaf' comprising IS-leaning youth from Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Abu Aysha had been sending material against the RSS and motivating the group to target them.

The group also planned to procure arms and materials for explosives to execute their terror plans.

The NIA, while scanning electronic devices seized from the accused, found material, including details on procuring material for explosives, making explosives from fireworks powder and bomb-making manuals.

The module led by al-Hindi was being tracked by intelligence agencies for almost four to five months. The accused came on the radar while the NIA was tracking some young men discussing travelling to Turkey for onward journey to Iraq-Syria.

The parents were alerted when their plan to leave India and join IS became apparent. They were then dissuaded from travelling abroad.

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