The Kerala police in coordition with Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad arrested Arshid Qureshi, who is allegedly a member of Zakir Naik 's Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), for recruiting Kerala youths for dreaded terror outfit Islamic State.
If his connections with IRF are established, this could be the first arrest of a member of Naik's organisation, which is under the scanner since two of the Bangladesh cafe attackers said they were inspired by his preachings.
Qureshi was taken into custody after the police raided a flat in Seawoods.
The magistrate’s court in CBD-Belapur remanded in transit custody for four days.
Ebin Jacob, the brother of Merin , who is missing along with her husband Bestin Vincent alias Yahia from Kerala, had told police that there was an effort to f convert him to Islam by force and make him join IS. Ebin had told Kochi police that Bestin and Qureshi were behind the attempted conversion.
Based on this account, the Palarivattom police slapped charges under Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) on the duo and booked them under sections of the IPC.