Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested a 32-year-old engineer today from Nashik city for allegedly supporting and funding proscribed terror organisation ISIS, an official said. With the arrest of the man, who runs an import-export business in the city around 200km from Mumbai, the Maharashtra ATS has unravelled “international links to ISIS support and funding”, he said.
According to the official, investigations so far have revealed the accused transferred funds to the dreaded global terrorist group three times. Some associates of the accused are being probed across several states, he said.
Based on specific information, the ATS registered an offence under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against the accused and a team of the state police’s anti-terror wing was monitoring his activities for several days, the official said.
During investigations, the ATS found the accused was continuously communicating with a foreign entity associated with ISIS, the anti-terror agency said in a statement.
The engineer-cum-businessman, who showed signs of radicalisation in recent years, actively supported ISIS by transferring funds to the foreign entity, the statement added.
The ATS conducted a search and seized electronic devices, including mobile phones, SIM cards, a laptop, a pen drive, and incriminating documents, it said.
The accused was arrested after interrogation and produced before a court, which sent him to ATS custody till January 31, said the official.