Indian authorities have released nine people deported from Turkey after allegedly trying to enter an area of Syria controlled by the Islamic State terrorist group, police said Monday.
Police in the southern city of Bangalore said the nine Indians were released late Sunday, after they admitted during questioning that they had planned to cross over to territory controlled by ISIS but denied being members of the organization, which is banned in India.
"We set them free as no incriminating material or any evidence was found against them," Bangalore police chief M.N. Reddi told reporters Monday.
"No case was registered but they were warned against making such attempts in future," he said.
Turkish authorities detained the nine people – a family of seven and two engineers who were in the country on tourist visas – as they were trying to enter Syria on Friday.
Police quoted the group as telling their interrogators that they had only wanted to help civilians who had been affected by the fighting in Syria and Iraq, large parts of which are also controlled by ISIS.
Thousands of foreign jihadists are believed to have joined ISIS which has seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, ruling with a brutal version of Islamic law.
The group has also murdered a number of foreigners, including American, British and Japanese hostages.
India banned ISIS in December after police found a sympathizer who was running a Twitter account and was suspected of online recruitment.
Although India has the third largest number of Muslims in the world, only a few are so far reported to have joined the terrorist group.
AFP contributed to this report.