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IOC official’s ISIS links: NIA asked to probe

Amidst a controversy over the arrest of Bangalore resident Md Sirajuddin, an employee of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), for being an alleged sympathiser of banned outfit ISIS, the Centre has asked NIA to investigate the case.

Sirajuddin was arrested by the Rajasthan Special Operation Group for allegedly using various social networking sites to “lure Muslim youths to the ideology of ISIS”.

According to the FIR registered in Jaipur, Sirajuddin, who was employed in the sales division of IOC in Jaipur, was “actively associated with the promotion of the ideology of IS”. He allegedly incited other persons to become ISIS members through the use of social media forums and exhorted them to engage in terrorist and anti-national activities.

“Considering the gravity of the offence, the Centre has issued orders for investigation by National Investigation Agency into the case and accordingly, NIA has re-registered the case,” NIA said, adding that an officer of the rank of Superintendent of Police has been appointed as Chief Investigating Officer in the case.

However, the family of Sirajuddin, who is at present in judicial custody, has been complaining that he has been implicated in the case and called for a proper investigation.
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