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Suspected ISIS Recruiter Arshid Qureshi, Allegedly Linked To Zakir Naik, Arrested

Arshid Qureshi, a suspected ISIS recruiter allegedlylinked to controversial preacher Zakir Naik's foundation, was arrested in NaviMumbai on Wednesday.


Arshid is alleged to have brainwashed youngsters inKerala and influenced them to join the ISIS. He is believed to have beenworking with Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation as a Public RelationsOfficer since 2004 and was drawing a salary of Rs. 44,000, police sources say.

A case was registered against him in Kerala lastmonth after parents of one of the 15 men who went missing and were suspected tohave joined the ISIS, alleged that he played a key part in their recruitment. Hewas arrested on Wednesday night in a joint operation by the anti-terror squadand Kerala police. He has been remanded to four days police custody.

Mumbai-based Zakir Naik is the subject of multipleinquiries in India over allegedly incendiary speeches. He is currently in SaudiArabia and has said he will not return to India this year.


In a Skype press conference last week, he said"I am not running away". He said that it was always his intent tospend most of this year abroad, and insisted that so far, no Indian official oragency has contacted him with queries.

Bangladesh has accused the 50-year-old doctor ofinspiring the young men who killed 20 hostages at a Dhaka cafe earlier thismonth.

Both the Centre andthe Maharashtra government have launched investigations to determine whetherhis speeches, streamed online and aired on a television channel, urge orjustify acts of terror. Peace TV broadcasts out of Dubai and is banned inIndia. After the Dhaka attack, the government has moved to crackdown on cableoperators who continue to make it available.
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