34-year-old Mohammed Ismail, who was detained on Tuesday in Pune by NIA investigators, suspecting him of being an ‘Islamic State recruiter’, has been released. Ismail’s detention could have been a case of ‘mistaken identity’, a said senior government official said in New Delhi.
Ismail’s father, Rauf Ahmed, said that he received a call from his son around 11 pm on Wednesday that he had been released and was in Mumbai, reports The Hindu.
Ismail was detained at the Pune airport on Tuesday, as he was leaving the country and flying to Dubai for onward journey to Syria.
Officials had identified him as Raoof Ahmed, a resident of Bhatkal in north Karnataka. “The person detained at the Pune airport also had Raoof in his name and since he is from Bhatkal,the intelligence agencies could have mistaken him for a terror suspect,” The Hindu reports the official as saying.
Security agencies have been keeping a strict vigil after his name cropped up during internet chats with members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is being monitored by sleuths to look for possible followers of the terror group, active in parts of Syria and Iraq.
They said Ahmed was detained as the Union Home Ministry had issued a Look Out Circular against him sometime back.
At least 14 youths have been arrested early this year by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as part of its probe on indoctrination of youths by the banned terror group.
With inputs from PTI