In an apparent case of love jihad last Saturday, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) arrested 27-year old Mohammed Riyaz of Kannur, accused by his wife to have converted her by force to despatch her to the ISIS as a sex slave. The wife has accused that selling her off to terrorists was the motive with which Md Riyaz had married her.
Riyaz had come back to Chennai from Jeddah a few days ago. He was apprehended at a time when he was preparing documents for his wife’s visa to Saudi Arabia, sources said.
Given the national security implications of the issue, the victim had approached the Supreme Court for an urgent intervention. The apex court ordered the NIA’s intervention.
The NIA sent the Kerala Police a ‘look out’ notice. The police were waiting at the Chennai airport for Riyaz’s arrival. They apprehended him and brought him to Kochi.
Riyaz is a part of a gang of 11 men, alleges his wife. She suspects her ‘gullible’ mother has been made a part of the human trafficking gang. On her complaint, the police have added the name of the victim’s mother as a co-accused.
Riyaz denies the charges against him and claims he is ready for any investigation. He has submitted an affidavit to that effect at the Kerala High Court.
The victim and Riyaz had come to know each other during their college years in 2014. The victim presumed the man loved her and fell for her. Subsequently, Riyaz would force her to have sex and videograph the act.
Riyaz allegedly told the victim there was only one way to escape the shame: The girl would have to convert and marry him.
The victim grudgingly agreed. After the marriage, Riyaz started preparing documents to take his wife to Jeddah, from where she would be packed off to Syria, the victim alleges.
Riyaz says the entire story against him has been made up by his father-in-law who was against the marriage. After the marriage, the accused says, his wife’s father began accusing him of extra-marital relations with a relative.
Riyaz claims further that in 2017, his wife went to Jamnagar, Gujarat, and never returned from there.
A team of the NIA is now in Gujarat to verify the claims made by Riyaz.