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A Kuwaiti held for funding the trip of four Maharashtra-based men to Syria

According to an NIA spokesperson, Kuwait has arrested one of its residents for allegedly funding for IS backers’ Mumbai-Syria trip. Kuwait authorities took the step following a request from the Indian agencies. Following the arrest, the NIA will likely visit Kuwait to interrogate the alleged accused.

The Kuwaiti resident, has been identified as Abdullah Rehman Al-Enazi (32), and had allegedly transferred $1,000 to the four men when they reached Iraq.

Post a Mutual Legal Assistance Request to Kuwait sent by NIA, the Kuwait arrested the alleged accused.

The NIA had arrested Areeb Majeed, a resident of Kalyan in 2014 after his return from Syria. Majeed along with his three friends had left India on the pretext of a pilgrimage to Iraq in May 2014 and later joined the IS, fugitive terrorism organisation.

Majeed had returned after witnessing the violence there, while the whereabouts of Fahad Sheikh, Aman Tandel and Saheem Tanki are still unknown. Majeed is currently lodged at the Arthur Road Jail.

Majeed has been charged under section 16, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). He has also been booked under section 125 of the Indian Penal Code. Earlier this year, his bail plea was rejected.