Karen reportedly influenced many Indians through Facebook, telegram channels and WhatsApp groups meant for IS supporters in countries like the US, the UK, India, the UAE, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh etc.
One of the largest groups she ran was “IslamQ&A”, where IS members shared caliphate’s ideology and jehadi material with several of them, including Indians, expressing desire to travel to the IS territory.
Her name is mentioned in NIA’s two chargesheets filed against IS last week. TOI has exclusively accessed the details of these chargesheets.
Karen, at one point, even banned IS propagandist and former Indian Oil assistant manager Mohammad Sirajuddin from the WhatsApp groups and telegram channels run and administered by her as she had differences of opinion with him.
Sirajuddin, radicalized by another IS member identified as “Mad-Mullah”, felt that Karen was a traitor and responsible for his mentor’s arrest in Sudan last year. Mad-Mullah arranged the logistics for travel of Indians who wished to go to Syria.