Tuesday, 5 July 2016

West Bengal man Mosiruddin arrested for ISIS links

India arrests man on train with ties to terrorism

09:28 PM, July 05, 2016

Indian police arrested a man with suspected ties to terrorism on Viswabharati Fast Passenger train at Burdwan station, the Press Trust of India reported today, quoting an unnamed official of Crime Investigation Department or CID.

A resident of Labhpur in West Bengal's Birbhum district, Mosiruddin alias Mosi, has admitted to having links with top Islamic State leaders and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh via e-mails, social networking sites and mobile phone, the officer said.

During a joint interrogation by CID, National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Intelligence Bureau (IB), Mosiruddin had admitted to his connection to Amjad Sheikh, an alleged key member of JMB arrested in 2014 in connection with the Khagragarh twin blast case, the PTI reported quoting sources in the CID.Mosi came under renewed surveillance after Friday's militant attacks on a restaurant in Dhaka left 20 hostages dead, our Kolkata correspondent Subrata Acharjee reports. Burdwan district came into the terror map in October 2014 when two suspected JMB terrorists were killed at a rented house in Khagragarh locality of this town while making IEDs.

NIA arrested a mechanical engineering student on suspicion of being a terrorist from Durgapur in March this year. Another person, suspected to be Bangladeshi militant, was also arrested from Asansol later, according to PTI.

Terrorist arrested at Bardhaman station has links to IS: West Bengal CID

Updated: July 6, 2016 12:02 am

THE SUSPECTED terrorist arrested from Viswabharati Fast Passenger train at Bardhaman station has links to terror groups Islamic State (ISIS) and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), the state Crime Investigation Department said on Tuesday.
A resident of Labhpur in Birbhum district, 25-year-old Mosiruddin alias Mosi alias Majnu, has admitted to having links with top ISIS leaders and the JMB through emails, social networking sites and mobile phones, DIG (CID) Dilip Adak told mediapersons.
This comes a day after Mosiruddin was arrested on Monday evening by Bardhaman railway police and the state police following inputs from National Investigation Agency (NIA). “We are not ruling out his link with the IS. A 13-inch chopper, an improvised small firearm and three rounds of cartridges were recovered from him,” Adak said.

He added: “He was residing at Tamil Nadu’s Trippur district for four to five years and worked at a grocery shop. We had come to know that he was returning to Kolkata yesterday and we started keeping a tab of his movements… He got down at Howrah station and went to Esplanade in Kolkata, where he bought a sharp weapon. He then returned to Howrah station and boarded the train to go to Labhpur.”
Officers were going through Mosiruddin’s mobile phone call list, his emails and the documents seized from him to confirm his involvement with ISIS and JMB.
“We are also looking into whether he has any link to the terrorist attack in Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant,” the officer said.
Police sources said NIA had been tracking Mosiruddin since he was in Tamil Nadu. “He had been using social networking sites to keep in touch with his associates overseas… We are looking for Mosiruddin’s associates who may be operating from Bengal… Six SIM cards and two fake voter IDs have been recovered,” said a source.
During a joint interrogation by CID, NIA and Intelligence Bureau (IB), Mosiruddin has admitted to his connection to Amjad Sheikh — an alleged key member of JMB — arrested in 2014 in connection with the Khagragarh twin blast case, sources in the CID said.
It has been learnt that after he was detained at Bardhaman station, the district police superintendent and officers of CID and central investigating agencies interrogated him.
On Tuesday morning, Mosiruddin was again questioned after he was brought to the CID headquarters at Bhawani Bhavan in Kolkata. He would be produced at a Howrah court on Wednesday.
Mosiruddin, second of five siblings, had spent his childhood at Labhpur’s Registrypara. “He was a very good child but later I believe he went astray because of the company he kept. He used to work in Tamil Nadu but I don’t know what he did there. He used to send us money initially but after his marriage, it stopped,” his mother Zakira Bibi said.
Sources said Mosiruddin had studied till the secondary level at a local madrasa. He then came to Kolkata to pursue graduation. He later married a girl from Labhpur and had two sons.

Bardhaman had entered the terror map in October, 2014 when two suspected JMB terrorists were killed while making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at a rented house in Khagragarh. The NIA had arrested a mechanical engineering student on suspicion of being a terrorist from Durgapur in March, this year. Another person, suspected to be a Bangladeshi militant, was also arrested from Asansol later.

Two aides of ‘IS man’ held in Bengal

July 7, 2016 2:29 am

A DAY after suspected terrorist Mosiruddin (alias Mosi, alias Majnu) was arrested at Burdwan station for alleged links with the Islamic State (IS) and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), the CID arrested two more people suspected to be working with one of the terror groups.
The two — Saddam Hossain, alias Kallu, and Mohammed Abbasuddin, alias Amin — were arrested from Labhpur in Birbhum district, DIG (CID) Dilip Adak said Wednesday. “We have got evidence of links of all the three arrested with the IS,” he said.

The two were allegedly recruited by Mosiruddin. On Wednesday, Mosiruddin was produced at a Howrah court, which charged him under Arms Act and under IPC Sections 121 (waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India) and 120 (concealing design to commit offence punishable with imprisonment). He was remanded in police custody for 14 days. Kallu and Amin were also charged with sedition.

A CID officer said Mosiruddin had received several phone calls from Syria, Iraq and Bangladesh. Citing details of the call list on his mobile phone. According to sources, Mosiruddin revealed during joint grilling by the CID, NIA and IB sleuths that a “list” was being prepared of top IPS officers. “But he didn’t say why that list is being prepared. We are checking whether he was lying to confuse us,” an officer said.

Mosiruddin had connections with at least two terror groups:CID

Last Updated: 07th July 2016 11:28 PM

KOLKATA: Suspected terrorist Mosiruddin has revealed his connections with top leaders of at least two terror groups and that he was deployed to spread their tentacles in West Bengal and other places in the eastern parts of the country, a top CID officer said today.
Mosiruddin, who was arrested from a running train earlier this week, revealed this when he along with his two accomplices Kallu Sheikh and Amin Sheikh was grilled jointly by the CID, National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Intelligence Bureau (IB).
"During the interrogation, the interrogators got hold of information which established Musiruddin's links with Islamic State (ISIS) and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)."

It was also found that Mosiruddin was called as Abu Al Musa Al by leaders of the terror groups and that he was close to ISIS' former chief in the country, Shafi Armar.

"He was in touch with Armar for quite some time and grew pretty close to him. They were in touch via social networking site and used fake email ids to communicate. He (Mosiruddin) was connected to other leaders of JMB also," the officer said.

During questioning, it was also found that Musiruddin had met a few top JMB leaders at least more than five times this year. Musiruddin used to change his mobile numbers often, he said, adding that the suspected terrorist also used a specific app to stay in touch with the ISIS leaders and other members.

He was also actively linked to a few fundamentalist groups when he was pursuing graduation from a city college. "He was pursuing graduation at Surendranath College in the city and had studied there till second year. Even from those days he was actively involved with fundamentalists," the officer said.

On the purpose of Musiruddin's recent visit to West Bengal after almost six years in Tamil Nadu's Trippur, where he was staying with his family and two children, the CID officer said "Though he is giving us different stories, we have got definite clues that Musiruddin was here to kill someone staying at his native Labhpur village in Birbhum district to settle an old score. Kallu Sheikh and Amin Sheikh were to help him in the act."
For this purpose Musiruddin had bought from New Market here the 13-inch-long knife, which was seized when he was apprehended from Vishwa Bharati Fast Passenger train at Amadpur in Burdwan district on Monday.

Besides, he also had plans to visit Nepal but its purpose was still not clear to the sleuths, he said. Musiruddin's home at RRB Road in Trippur district's had been raided by the sleuths yesterday and a laptop was seized. His wife had also been interrogated.

The sleuths have also detained two more persons — Chandan Sheikh and Swapan Sheikh from Labhpur and they have been brought to Kolkata for questioning.

"From Musiruddin's mobile phone call list we found that several calls were made to these persons. It seems that he was in touch with several youths from the area. We are checking whether he was intending to build up a module in the state," the officer said.
Meanwhile, a Howrah court during the day remanded Kallu Sheikh and Amin Sheikh to police custody for 14 days.

It was learnt that during a joint grilling session by CID, National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) sleuths, Mosiruddin has said a list of top IPS officers in the country including from West Bengal were being prepared.
"But he was mum when asked for what purpose the list was getting prepared ... We are checking whether he (Mosiruddin) was lying to confuse us or not," he said, adding the suspected terrorist has claimed to have downloaded images of several IPS officers from the Internet also.
Questioning Mosiruddin, it was found that he was back in West Bengal and was heading to his native place Labhpur in Birbhum district after six years on an "assignment" to kill someone there.

Mosiruddin recruiting youths for IS from J&K, Delhi: Cops

Published:July 12, 2016 12:25 am

THE INTERROGATION of Islamic State (IS) suspect Mohammad Mosiruddin and consequent investigations have revealed a larger nexus of suspected IS modules operating in northern Indian states, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi.
The key piece of evidence in the ongoing investigation, said police, is a laptop which the West Bengal CID had recovered from Mosiruddin’s residence in Tamil Nadu.

“The laptop has thrown up a series of interesting and important links. Some of the phone numbers have been traced to northern states, particularly Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir. He seems to have links with other individuals, who could also be linked to ISIS, in these states. It appears that he was actively recruiting youths for IS,” said a senior officer.

On Mosiruddin being in constant touch with certain members of JMB through emails, the officer said: “These (conversations) need to be looked at while keeping in mind the Khagragarh blasts in Burdwan when two JMB terrorists were killed while making bombs.”
At present, Mosiruddin is in 14-day CID custody and would be produced before a Howrah court on July 20. Investigators believe he might have valuable information about other alleged IS members in the state and plans regarding potential attacks in the country.

‘IS suspect’ had gone home to collect certificate for daughter’s admission: Wife

Published:July 9, 2016 1:55 am

FOUR DAYS after West Bengal Police detained, and later arrested, one Mohammed Mosiruddin and accused him of having links with the Islamic State (IS), his wife, back in Tamil Nadu, claimed on Friday that Moshiruddin has been arrested on trumped-up charges.

According to Shahira, 26, her husband had gone to Kolkata, and was headed for his ancestral home in Labhpur, in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, to get a community certificate for their daughter’s admission.

“We had admitted our daughter in school in April last year. He had gone to Kolkata (Bengal) to get a community certificate for submission in her school,” Shahira told the media, adding that Mosiruddin is innocent.
About the charges imposed on him, which investigators claim have already been proved, Shahira said she herself would have reported to the police if there was any such suspicion. “He has no links with terrorists…there was nothing to suspect. After he reached there (Bengal), I received a call that he had been arrested,” she said.

Stating that they have been running a grocery shop in Tiruppur district, near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, for the last seven years, Shahira said the “suspicious” items the police have seized from their home are a small knife and a laptop, which they had purportedly bought for work and home.
She said both she and her husband are from West Bengal, and had
fled home and settled in Tamil Nadu after their families opposed their marriage.
Their two daughters — Tamilarasi, 5, and Ilavarasi, 2 — were given traditional Tamil names and are with her now, Shahira added.
On Tuesday, after news of Mosiruddin’s arrest reached here, sleuths went to her home and
allegedly manhandled Shahira and other relatives and workers at their grocery shop. Shahira alleged that she was slapped by a policewoman and all men at their home were severely beaten up.
The suspected terrorist, arrested at the Burdwan railway station, has links to terror groups IS and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a top CID officer said. According to Kolkata Police, Mosiruddin has allegedly admitted that he was in touch with top IS leaders and the JMB through emails, social networking sites and mobile phone.
Meanwhile, MDMK leader Vaiko on Friday asked the Tamil Nadu government to take immediate steps to prevent “infiltration of ISIS elements”.

He also demanded protection for poor migrant workers from being victimised in false cases.

Confessions of ISIS' Indian lone wolf Mohammad Masiuddin

New Delhi, September 24, 2016 

Mohammad Masiuddin was a travelling terrorist till authorities arrested him two months ago. Better known as Musa, the 25-year-old from West Bengal's Birbhum district emerged as the face of trans-national, trans-organisational jihad, which is the newest threat to India's security even as the country fights Pakistansponsored terrorism on the western borders

The man in the National Investigation Agency's custody had two handlers-ISIS India head Shafi Armar who's now based in Syria, and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen member Abu Suleman, a Bangladeshi national and a wanted terrorist.


Musa had moved from West Bengal to Tamil Nadu where he worked at a shop in Tirupur. Like many ISIS recruits, he got radicalised online. A terror plan in mind, he recced his carefully chosen targets in J and K and West Bengal. But what surprised even the NIA was when he appeared in a YouTube video, raising the ISIS flag in downtown Srinagar.

India has the world's third largest Muslim population at nearly 175 million but only a handful of them have joined the West Asian group. However, JMB, which is aspiring to set up a Bangladeshi Caliphate, has been active in India and has set up base in states like West Bengal, Jharkhand and Assam. Analysts say growing radicalisation in the neighbouring country has made it a hotbed for ISIS-inspired extremists who could spill over to India or weave alliances to carry out attacks.


Musa is the Indian face of ISIS JMB, an ominous symbol of new kind of terrorism. He travelled to Kokata and Srinagar to recce targets on instructions from Shafi Armar alias Yusuf Al Hindi who asked him to hit foreign nationals from the United States, UK, Canada and Israel.

Armar started off as a member of the banned militant outfit Indian Mujahideen. In early 2009, he fled to Pakistan with a few of its top-ranking members - including Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal. He later left IM to join ISIS and is involved in recruiting and luring Indian youth.
Musa told NIA and Bangladeshi interrogators who visited Kolkata to question him this month that Abu Suleman was his handler for JMB. Even as a siege unfolded on July 1 at a Dhaka cafe that shook the world, India watched with bated breath as Rapid Action Bangladesh (RAB) forces dealt with one of the deadliest terror attacks there.


The key link to the strike emerging from India was not just Indian televangelist Zakir Naik who is under the home ministry scanner, but also the links to the JMB wing owing allegiance to ISIS. Soon after the attack, Suleman, a wanted man, was suspected to have slipped into West Bengal. He had earlier visited India twice, raising alarm bells in the security establishment.

When asked by Suleman to join JMB full-time, Musa simply said, "I have a family." In India, Suleman attempted to set up a JMB module with the help of Musa, who was then working in Tirpur. Musa's journey to the JMB-ISIS module began in June 2015, when he liked a Facebook page of ISIS Bangladesh from the id Sabilillahkhan. He was instantly contacted by Suleman, also known as Jihadi John.


Musa had Rs 60,000 in his bank account, money he had saved by selling a small property. He used his own money to travel to both Bengal and Kashmir. He took the long route to Srinagar, reaching till Jammu by train and then taking a bus. Musa then visited Kolkata where he reportedly bought a 13-inch machete. He then boarded the Visva Bharati passenger train from Howrah and left for his hometown in Birbhum. Acting on specific intelligence by the NIA, he was picked up by GRP and Burdwan police.

FBI in Kolkata to Interrogate ISIS suspect

 Updated: December 09, 2016 02:25 IST

 Kolkata:  A seven-member team of the US security agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI, is set to interrogate ISIS terrorist Mohammed Musiruddin alias Musa, National Investigative Agency officials said today.

Musa, a resident of Birbhum district in West Bengal, was arrested for links with ISIS. Officials said that Musa, who also has links to Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or JMB, was making efforts to radicalise youth and encourage them to join ISIS.

He was found to be in touch with radical elements in Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh via social media. Musiruddin had allegedly told his 'handlers' that he was willing to target foreign nationals including US citizens in India.

The 25-year-old was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department of the West Bengal police from the Burdwan railway station in July this year. He was later handed over to NIA.

In August, an intelligence team from Dhaka had come to Kolkata to interrogate Musa.

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