CHENNAI: The 23-year-old software engineer from Tamil Nadu who was detained and later deported from Sudan for trying to join Islamic State had worked for eight months in an IT company in Chennai.

National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Mohammed Nasir soon after he landed at Delhi airport on Friday. He hails from Tirunelveli but had worked in Chennai and Dubai. He was living with his parents in Dubai when he tried to join the terror outfit.

A police officer said, “Investigation with his relatives showed that he had spent time in Chennai working before moving to UAE. His expertise was in managing database.”

However, officials refused to reveal which company he worked for. “It is more likely that he was with a small software firm in Chennai before he moved to Dubai. He seems to have made his first contact with his handler online when he was in Chennai. He also travelled to Delhi in an attempt to meet people to help him travel to Syria or Libya. But, he seems to have eventually travelled to Sudan from UAE.”

The local police in Tirunelveli are yet to be notified about the arrest by NIA in Delhi. However, the state police have started gathering information about his friends and relatives in Tirunelveli and Chennai. “We are verifying whether he had any friends in Chennai. Social media is also being monitored,” said an official.

Reports said that Mohammed Nasir is an Indian citizen but also had a UAE passport and travelled to Sudan from Dubai using it. He was planning to the join IS forces in Libya. There have been instances of Indians either showing interest in or trying to join the terrorist organisation. Two Indians from Malappuram in Kerala were deported as they were part of a group of 11 Indians who were detained in UAE for trying to join, finance or help recruit sympathisers.

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Source: TOI-Che