Srinagar Student Turned ISIS Militant Held From Home By Police


SRINAGAR — Ehtisham Bilal, a student of Sharda University in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida, who had joined militant ranks allegedly following an assault during campus violence in October this year, was detained by police on Sunday.

Ehtisham Bilal, according to family sources, was detained from his home at Khanyar locality in the downtown Srinagar on Sunday afternoon.

A police officer said that the youth was brought back into the ‘mainstream’ with the help of his family.

“We neither arrested nor detained him. We have only taken him to the hospital for medical check-up as the youth was ill,” said the officer who wished not to be named.  

Even police tweeted, without naming him that the youth was ‘brought back into the mainstream with the help of the family’ and more details would be shared later.

On October 4, Ehtisham was injured when a mob assaulted Kashmiri students at Sharda University. On October 28, he disappeared after leaving the campus for New Delhi.

In the first week of November, a picture of Ehtisham, dressed in black and a grenade vest strapped around his chest with  so called Islamic State’s black banner in the backdrop, appeared on the social media.

Ehtisham was studying for a Bachelor’s in Radiography at the varsity before he joined the militant ranks. As per the police investigation,  Ehtisham was known to Faid Mushtaq Waza, the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant who was killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Srinagar recently. 

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