NEW DELHI -- The Mumbai journalist who has been questioned by police for declaring his intention to join terror group ISIS, apparently approached the Press Council of India to get a certificate that would "help him" become spokesperson for ISIS in Iraq. He was politely asked to leave.
The Navi Mumbai-based journalist apparently visited the Delhi Press Council office a few days ago. He had arrived in Delhi after declaring his intention on Facebook to join ISIS after the hanging of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case convict Yakub Memon, who he called a "martyr".
Last evening, the man visited the Iraq Embassy in Delhi to give his resume, even asking them to forward it to ISIS, explaining he wants to be made the spokesperson for them in Iraq. They immediately alerted Delhi Police, following which he was detained and quizzed by cops.
He made these revelations in his interrogation.
While he is yet to be arrested, cops say that he appears to be of minimal threat value, though they are still deciding on the next course of action. He may be let off with a warning.
"There is no doubt he has been radicalised," said a senior police officer investigating Ahmed's case. "But we are still deciding what to do with him."
The 48-year-old has two masters degrees — in mass communication and in public administration. He worked for some time in the administration department of a private hospital, where he was the secretary for the owner. Later, he was asked to leave after he began avoiding his co-workers. Cops say this is soon after he was radicalised in 2007.
Though Ahmed, who is married, apparently tried to get a job with some media outfits in Mumbai, he has remained unemployed. He started freelancing and writing regularly in social networking sites.