Indian-origin man being probed for taking part in Syrian conflict

Singapore, March 23: Singapore authorities are investigating the alleged participation of an Indian-origin man in the ongoing armed conflict in Syria, media reported citing the Singapore home ministry.

Singapore’s ministry of home affairs Saturday alleged that Haja Fakkurudeen Usman Ali, 37, a manager at a supermarket here, went to Syria in November last year to fight against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Today Online reported.

Haja obtained his Singapore citizenship in 2008.

The ministry also said that it was established that Gul Mohamed Maracachi Maraicar, a 37-year-old Indian national and former Singapore permanent resident, had abetted and assisted Haja in his radicalisation and plans to participate in armed violence in Syria.

Gul, who worked as a system analyst with a multinational company here, was investigated under the country’s Internal Security Act and deported.

He was also banned from entering Singapore for his role in abetting and aiding Haja.