48-year-old IS aspirant’s dream nipped in the bud

Zuber Ahmed Khan, on Friday morning, submitted his biodata at the embassy and asked the officials to forward it to the terror group in Iraq for consideration for the post of its spokesperson. A call was made to the police informing about his ill intentions.

He is a resident of Navi Mumbai and is wanted by the Mumbai police since he posted a status on Facebook saying that he wants to join IS as a spokesperson. He further posted that on August 4 he would travel to Delhi to surrender his passport.  

Soon after the Mumbai police got the information about Khan’s post and a team scrutinized his Facebook account, Delhi Police along with other security agencies were informed about it. On Friday morning, when Khan went to Iraq embassy and shared his intentions, the officials informed the cops and a team from Vasant Kunj police station reached the embassy and detained him.  

According to a senior police official, he is mentally ill, but still no chances have been taken and he has not been released. “He is being intensively quizzed,” the official added. “Khan used to write columns for a magazine and recently had written a book on how Muslims in the country are being dominated by the Hindus,” sources said. One of his posts on Facebook suggests that he was a fan of Yakub Memon and on the day of his execution he had declared him a martyr.  

Since the police have no other evidence against him to prove his alleged involvement in any serious illegal activity, no case has been registered against him till late Friday.  

According to the police, Khan arrived in Delhi on Wednesday and since then he was staying with one of his relatives in South-East Delhi’s Nizamuddin area. On Thursday, he went to the Press Council of India to seek a certificate declaring him an Indian journalist but the officials refused to give any document or declaration. 
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