Charges Framed Against Alleged Kashmiri IS Activist

NEW DELHI: The Special NIA Court has framed charges against three accused for their alleged involvement in the so-called ISIS promotion activities in India.

The accused are Sheikh Azhar Ul Islam (24), resident of Ganderbal J&K; Adnan Hassan (36), resident of North Kannara, Karnataka, and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh (25), resident of Thane Maharashtra.

All the three accused have been charged under Section 120-B of IPC, Sections of 18, 20, 38, 39 and 40 of the UA (P) act.

According to an National Investigation Agency (NIA) official, the investigation agency registered a case against the three on January 28 last year at NIA police station in Delhi. Immediate after the registration of the case, the accused were arrested by the agency while their arrival from Abu Dhabi.

The official said while  Adnan Hassan and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh had been frequently visiting the UAE in connection with job since 2008 and 2012, respectively; Shaikh Azhar ul Islam had gone to join them in the UAE in July, 2015 only.

Adnan Hassan earlier had alleged affiliation with Indian Mujahideen and later got inclined towards ISIS, said the official.

During investigation it was revealed that the aforesaid accused persons, in connivance with his associates had hatched a criminal conspiracy to propagate ideology, recruit persons, raise funds and facilitate the travel of such recruited persons to Syria to join the ISIS and further its activities.

In furtherance of the aforesaid conspiracy, the accused persons had created multiple e-mail IDs, used multiple mobile numbers obtained from their associates  of different countries, formed various online forums and groups on different  social media including Facebook, Whatsapp and many more using internet and  invited and associated like-minded persons, residents of different countries  from different parts of the world.

They formed a “terrorist gang” and acted as a frontal group of the ISIS and incited, motivated, invited and facilitated people of different nationalities to leave their respective countries and travel to Syria to join, support and further activities of the ISIS, official further said.

These accused persons were allegedly involved in perpetuating, promoting and propagating ideologies and terrorist activities of the ISIS. They had voluntarily advocated and professed to be the supporters and members of the ISIS and reportedly supported, invited support from others, propagated and promoted  unlawful activities and terrorists activities of the ISIS by exhorting,  inciting, luring and influencing others to become members of this organization, said an NIA official.

He also said that the three accused also disseminated incriminating contents including sharing comments, pages, videos, images, literature and openly endorsing, justifying and glorifying the terrorist acts of the ISIS.

“They had also raised, collected and received funds in the UAE and transferred it to their associates in India, Philippines and Tunisia to facilitate their travel to Syria to join ISIS,” said the official. (UNI)

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