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A Muslim businessman’s son from Mumbai migrates to IS territory with his family and cousins

The cops are now questioning Islamic preacher Mohammed Haneef, who has been acused of "brainwashing" Ashfaque

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Mumbai, August 23, 2016: In a shocking discovery, it was revealed that out of ten people who were suspected of joining one of the largest terror group ISIS; five of them belonged to a single family.

According to the Times of India report, Ashfaque Ahmed, the eldest son of a Mumbai-based businessman Abdul Majeed  took his family members- his wife, child and two cousins in June 2016 to join the Islamic State.

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The text message received by Ashfaque’s youngest brother in the last week of June, said that Ashfaque had migrated to the IS territory and doesn’t wish to come back.’Take care of mother and father,” read the last line of the message.

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Iraqi counter-terrorism forces advance their positions in Fallujah, June 22, 2016. Pockets of Islamic State fighters continue to hold neighborhoods along the north and west of the city. (Pic: VOA)

Though it is still not clear whether Ashfaque took his wife out of India forcibly or if she went with him on her own, they had gone together to Sri Lanka to attend for religious education. Ashfaque’s cousins, Mohammed Siraj (22) is a businessman and Ejaz Rehman(30) is a medical practitioner by profession.

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On August 6, Ashfaque’s father, Majeed  filed an FIR, naming  Abdur Rasheed, Haneef, a Kerala school teacher who has traveled with his son to Syria, a Navi Mumbai resident Arshi Qureshi and Kalyan resident Rizwan Khan as the ones who allegedly instigated his son to join IS, reports the Times Of India.

 Young men chant pro-Islamic State slogans as they wave the group's flags in Mosul, Iraq. (Pic credit: VOA)
Young men chant pro-Islamic State slogans as they wave the group’s flags in Mosul, Iraq. (Pic credit: VOA)

Though Majeed blames Haneef for “brainwashing” his son, there is not enough evidence to prove that Haneef sent Ashfaque to join IS. The cops are now questioning Islamic preacher Mohammed Haneef, who is under the custody of the crime branch.

 – prepared by NewsGram Team
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Hindus In Delhi Push For A Temple On The Ruins Of a Mosque

The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

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Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad gather during a rally in New Delhi, Dec. 9, 2018. The group gathered thousands of supporters to demand the construction of a Hindu temple on a site where a mosque was attacked, demolished in 1992. VOA

Tens of thousands of hardline Hindu protesters marched in New Delhi on Sunday, calling for a grand temple to be built on the ruins of a destroyed mosque in a flashpoint Indian city.

Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the Indian capital under tight security, where speakers warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned.

Some of Modi’s supporters feel the Hindu nationalist leader has not done enough to raise a shrine at a site in Ayodhya, a city believed by many to be the birthplace of the deity Ram.

The site was home to a medieval mosque for 460 years until Hindu zealots tore it down in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims.

Its future has been tied up in courts for decades but some hardliners want Modi, who is seeking reelection in 2019, to push parliament to guarantee the temple by law.

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“The gathering here is telling you that Hindus won’t sit back until the temple is built, and our wishes are respected,” said Champat Rai, the leader of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) group that organized the protest.

Demonstrators chanting “Praise be to Ram” packed the Ramlila Maidan, a vast ground capable of holding more than 50,000 people, and filled the surrounding streets.

Some carried maces and tridents — weapons traditionally wielded by Hindu gods — and traveled great distances by train and bus to reach the rally.

“We have come here to protect our religion and Hindu pride. We want a temple for our Lord Ram,” Hitesh Bharadwaj, a teacher from Delhi’s satellite city Noida, told AFP.

The hardline VHP has applied pressure on Modi in recent weeks, staging a huge show of force in Ayodhya itself last month.

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A close ally of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the group is spearheading a push to raise the Ram temple, and is calling for more protests as the premier prepares to go to the polls by May.

The BJP was on the margins until the 1980s when its top leaders, including Modi, backed a growing movement for the construction of the Ram temple.

Its advocates want parliament to introduce a law bypassing legal hurdles blocking the temple before Modi’s term ends.

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The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

“We don’t care about the courts. A grand temple will be constructed in 2019,” Sushil Chawdhary, a VHP leader, told AFP. (VOA)