NIA: IS recruit Abu received Rs 80,000 IRF scholarship

New Delhi: The NIA, probing funding and other activities of Zakir Naik-led Islamic Research Foundation, yesterday claimed that IS recruit Abu Anas received Rs 80,000 from the foundation as scholarship in October 2015.

Anas, a resident of Tonk in Rajasthan, had quit as an engineer in a Hyderabad-based company when he was arrested by the NIA in January for allegedly planning to carry out a terror strike ahead of Republic Day.

The allegations
The NIA claimed the probe into the IRF funding and distribution of money showed that Anas, who was among 16 people arrested at that time, had received Rs 80,000 from the proscribed IRF as scholarship in October 2015. Anas, named in a charge sheet in June, and is at present at Tihar Jail, had planned to go to Syria, the NIA alleged.

Probe on
The NIA has been conducting searches since November 19 and have raided at least 20 premises in Mumbai connected to the IRF or its trustees.

During the search operations, video tapes and DVDs of Naik's public speeches, documents related to property and investment, financial transactions, foreign and domestic funding of the IRF as well as its associated companies, and electronic storage devices have been recovered by the NIA, it said.

The NIA alleged that IRF, which was banned by the Union Cabinet last week, had close connections with some companies dealing in media, perfumes and solution.

The documents seized during the searches pertain to inflow and outflow of foreign and domestic funding were being scrutinised.

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