Home Crime Mother of Kerala youth who allegedly left to join ISIS, turns hostile

Mother of Kerala youth who allegedly left to join ISIS, turns hostile

According to a report, a key witness in the case against Islamic research foundation’s manager Arshi Qureshi for influencing youths to join ISIS was declared hostile by a special court after she refused to support the prosecution’s case after earlier deposing before a special court in Malayalam. Ayesha Majeed, a mother of three, hailing from Kerala, denied telling the crime branch about any involvement of her son with Arshi and IRF.

Ashfaque Majeed was alleged by the police to have fled the country along with his wife, one-year-old toddler daughter and other youngsters in 2016 to join the ISIS Terror ranks. Ashfaque’s father, who runs a lodge in Mumbai had filed a missing person’s complaint when he was unable to establish any contact with his son for several days. Serious allegations of radicalizing youth and instigating them to join ISIS have been levelled against Arshi Qureshi, a religious preacher.

While Qureshi was arrested, the NIA let off the other two — Maulana Haneef and Rizwan Khan — as no evidence was found against them. Qureshi, along with absconding accused Abdul Rashid Abdulla, who worked in a Kerala school were named by the NIA in its charge sheet. Qureshi is facing trial under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

- Ad - - article resumes -

Earlier, in her deposition before a special court in Malayalam, which was translated in English, Ayesha Majeed had admitted that whenever his son spoke with his friends who went along with him to join ISIS, he suggested them to solicit advice from ‘Arshi Bhai’. Now she has retracted on her statements. She has also denied telling police that when she asked her son who is funding his trip to Srilanka for his studies in Holy scripture, Majeed allegedly replied, “All expenses will be borne by Arshi Bhai from IRF.”

Majeed was cross-examined by special public prosecutor Sunil Gonsalves after she had been declared hostile. She replied in affirmative when asked if his son has informed her of him joining the ISIS.

Qureshi’s defense was represented by advocates Pathan Tehwar Khan and Ishrat Ali Khan. When asked if she had herself attended the call and spoken to her son. In reply, Majeed said she had not.

Based on the testimony and evidence it gathered, the NIA had filed a 4000-page charge sheet in February 2017 in the missing Ashfaque Majeed case. According to the NIA, Ashfaque and others who fled the country were indoctrinated by proselytizer Arshi Khan and IRF, responsible for instigating and motivating them to join the ISIS.

Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.

Big Story

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is expected to declare its verdict on July 17 in the case relating to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav. 

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

Proud to be a brand - Made in India?
Now, Advertise on Opindia

Interview: Former RAW officer makes further shocking revelations about Hamid Ansari after alleging that he endangered lives of RAW officers in Iran

In this exclusive interview, Former RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) officer NK Sood makes further revelations about his time in Iran, Hamid Ansari and the vilified scientist Nambi Narayanan

Aspiring model Khushi Parihar murdered over ‘friendship with other men’, live-in partner Ashraf Sheikh arrested

Aspiring model Khushi Parihar was found murdered with her head and face smashed on Saturday morning at Chatarpur farms, around 50 KMs away from the Nagpur city, her live-in partner Ashraf Sheikh has been arrested

Barkha Dutt terms Kapil Sibal a ‘Mallya’ for not paying salaries to Tiranga TV employees while enjoying in London

Barkha Dutt slams Kapil Sibal for sacking employees without due compensation, says the Sibals abused the female staffers

Prime Minister Modi, Hindus are under siege, and now is the right time to speak up

PM Modi will still win elections due to sheer inertia and the pathetic state of the country's opposition but the faith that he commands will take a hit and even if it's among a small section of the support base, it would be a travesty
Tiranga TV boots its employees: Here is why they don't deserve any sympathy

I am a journalist and here is why I have absolutely no sympathy for the ones who joined Tiranga TV

News emerged last night that bouncers had been sent to the offices of Tiranga TV as the employees were holding a silent protest in the premises.

Amit Shah intervenes as Owaisi heckles BJP MP during NIA Amendment Bill discussion, asks AIMIM MP to ‘get in habit of listening’

Union Home Minister Amit Shah today came down heavily on AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi during the discussion on NIA Amendment Bill in the Parliament. The assembly was discussing the bill to strengthen the National Investigation Agency. The opposition, however, was spooked by the amendments and tried to give it...
Karan Thapar tried to impede the construction of the RTR flyover

New RTR flyover finally opens in Delhi: Read how inordinate delays were caused by ‘influential residents’ like Karan Thapar

Prominent journalist Karan Thapar had written a letter to LG opposing the construction of RTR flyover claiming it could become the "matter of life and death"

Court asks Ranchi woman to distribute copies of Quran while granting bail over her Facebook post over Tabrez Ansari’s death

A Ranchi Court granted conditional bail to Richa Bharti who is accused of 'hurting religious sentiments' of Muslim community over a Facebook post. She has been asked to distribute copies of the Quran.

‘Mazrool said he would make me Musalmani’, said the wife molested by Muslim men who thrashed her husband and hurled casteist abuses

Sonkar has alleged that Mazrool and some other men have been pressurising him to shut down the coaching centre.
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post