Hyderabad: A Hyderabadi engineer, who was arrested while on his way to Syria via Dubai to join terror group Islamic State in Syria, planned to return to India to carry out anti-national activities, police said on Saturday.

Police, who announced the arrest of 32-year-old Salman Mohiuddin on Friday night, are questioning him to gather more information, including identification of the youth he was in touch with in India. The US-returned techie was arrested at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here late on Thursday when he was leaving for Dubai.

Police said that ever since returning from the US in October last year, he used social media to try and attract local youth across India with an intention to take them to Syria and Iraq. “He intended to undergo training in Syria, and after returning wanted to indulge in anti-national activities in the country,” police said.

Mohiuddin, who had gone to the US four years ago, came in contact with a British woman living in Dubai. Identified as Nicky Joseph alias Nicky alias Nicole alias Ayesha, she converted to Islam and had a “fundamentalist leaning”, police said.

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