Man asks Mumbai Police where to forward ISIS ‘recruitment’ emails

Man asks Mumbai Police where to forward ISIS 'applicant' emails
Right: Iyad El-Baghdadi

A Norway resident recently reached out to Mumbai Police via social media to ask which agency he should contact if he received emails concerning ISIS.

Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi), a UAE citizen living in Norway after being granted asylum, reached out the Mumbai Police via Twitter on Tuesday.

In his tweet, the Arab activist said, “If I get emails from India-based accounts asking how to join ISIS, who in India do I report them to? Any email ID/contact where this can be reported?”

Baghdadi, who in his own words was ‘expelled from the UAE’, is an influential activist with over 80,000 followers on the micro-blogging platform alone.

Indians have reportedly mistaken the activist for Islamic State chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and have been sending him emails enquiring about joining Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Meanwhile, Mumbai police are gathering intel from Baghdadi and the cyber cell has initiated a probe into who send the emails, which IP address was used etc. The priority is to identify the people who have sent the emails for preemptive damage control.

As a general rule, citizens can contact any law enforcement agency in the country to complain about such emails or activities. The enforcement agencies can in-turn direct the query to the concerned department internally.

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