New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) made a significant arrest on Thursday when it apprehended a crucial Islamic State (IS) terror operative as he disembarked from a flight from Nairobi, Kenya, at the New Delhi Airport.
The detained individual, Arafath Ali, had been on the run since 2020, when he was implicated in various activities related to ISIS propaganda and the planning of terrorist operations. During this time, he had been operating from abroad with the objective of advancing the IS’s anti-India terror agenda.
Ali, hailing from Karnataka’s Shivamoga district, was actively engaged in the identification, radicalization, and recruitment of susceptible Muslim youths into the ISIS network while operating overseas, as unveiled by NIA investigations.
According to NIA investigations, Ali was also responsible for the two Mangaluru graffiti cases of 2020, when, on his directions, two other accused, identified as Mohamed Shariq and Maaz Muneer Ahmed, had written “Don’t force us to invite lashkar-e-taiba and Taliban to deal with sanghis and manvedis #Lashkar zindabad” on the walls.