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NIA court sentences 15 in ISIS conspiracy case

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday said that a Delhi court has sentenced 15 persons to rigorous imprisonment of five to 10 years, who were earlier convicted in the ISIS conspiracy case.

The case pertains to the recruitment of Indian Muslim youth by Syria based IS media chief Yusuf-Al-Hindi to work for the terror organisation and commit acts of terrorism in India at its behest.

An NIA spokesperson on Saturday said, “A Delhi court on Friday pronounced sentence to 15 accused persons in ISIS conspiracy case.”

The Special NIA court sentenced Nafees Khan to 10 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) with a fine of Rs 1,03,000, Mudabbir Mushtaq Sheikh to seven years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 65,000, Abu Anas to seven years RI and a fine of Rs 48,000, Mufti Abdus Sami to seven years RI and a fine of Rs 50,000, Azhar Khan to six years RI with a fine of Rs 58,000 and Amzad khan to six years RI and a fine of Rs 78,000.

The NIA court also sentenced Mohammad Shariff Moinudeen, Asif Ali, Mohammad Hussain, Syed Mujahid, Najmul Huda, Mohammad Obedullah, Mohammad Aleem, Mohammad Afzal, Sohail Ahmad to five years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 38,000 on each of them.

The NIA registered a case on December 9, 2015 under several sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Indian Penal Code pertaining to criminal conspiracy hatched by the ISIS to establish its base in India by recruiting Muslim youth through different social media platforms.

During investigation, searches were conducted in various cities across the country and 19 accused were arrested, the official said.

The official said, “During investigation it was revealed that the accused persons had formed an organization by the name Junood-ul-Khilafa-Fil-Hind (a group seeking to establish Caliphate in India and pledging allegiance to the ISIS/ISIL) to recruit Muslim youth to work for ISIS and commit acts of terrorism in India at the behest of one Yusuf-Al-Hindi aka Shafi Armar aka Anjan Bhai, who was based in Syria and was purportedly the media chief of ISIS.”

The official said that the case had a “huge impact” on like-minded people who were likely to join the ISIS.

The official pointed out that after the arrest of the ISIS terrorists, their activities were minimized and their other associates were identified and questioned to unravel their plans.

“Several ISIS sympathisers, who had gone to join ISIS, were intercepted at various locations in the Middle East and were deported back to India,” the official said, adding that the investigation conducted by the agency stopped the facilitation of the ISIS members in India as well as abroad.

The NIA had filed charge sheets against 16 accused persons in 2016-2017.

The official said that this case was the first of its kind in which an extensive terrorist conspiracy involving online radicalization was hatched in cyber space in the aftermath of the declaration of the Islamic Caliphate by Abu-Baqar-Al-Bagdadi in 2014 and Yusuf Al Hindi based in Syria.

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Narco terror: NIA to file charge sheet against 10

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is all set to file a charge sheet against 10 accused in connection with its probe into the Hizabul Mujahideen (HM) narco terror case, alleging that the Pakistan-based commanders of the terror organisation conspired to raise money from India for the banned group, officials said.

“Today NIA is filing charge sheet against 10 accused in HM Narco terror case in NIA Special Court at Mohali,” an NIA official privy to the investigation requesting anonymity told IANS.

The official said that arrest of Hilal Ahmed Wagay along with Rs 29 lakh on April 25, 2020 helped bust the Hizbul Mujahideen narco-funding module.

“It has been established that terrorist gang in this case was smuggling, selling and channelising the proceeds to Pakistan through hawala and to Hizabul Mujahideen terrorists in Kashmir via their overground workers and other associates,” the official said.

The official said that the conspiracy between Hizabul commanders based in Pakistan and terrorist gang in India was to “raise money” for the banned terror organisation.

Of the 10 accused being charge sheeted on Tuesday, seven have been arrested and two are absconding.

One accused Riyaz Naikoo, Hizabul Mujahideen commander, was killed in an encounter with security forces on May 6 this year in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to top NIA officials, on July 30 this year, the anti-terror probe agency’s sleuths raided the residence of Wagay, a truck driver, who was arrested by Punjab Police on April 25 with over Rs 29 lakh in cash.

“This money was being transported to the Kashmir Valley to be handed over to Naikoo, chief operational commander of Hizbul Mujahideen. The case has been re-registered and taken over on May 8,” the NIA had said.

Ranjit Singh and his accomplice Iqbal Singh alias Shera are the prime accused in a case registered in connection with 532 kg heroin seizure at the Attari border in June last year by the Customs Department. The narcotic was found hidden in a consignment of rock salt imported from Pakistan.

Ranjit is the key accused in the case that led to the arrest of Halil Ahmed Wagay, a close aide of slain terrorist Naikoo. It said Ranjit and his five brothers were involved in smuggling and peddling drugs for years.

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Mumbai BEST driver suffers heart attack at wheels, no casualties

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In a freak incident, a BEST bus driver suffered a heart attack while at the wheel and the vehicle rammed into a traffic signal in Chembur, here on Tuesday morning, officials said.

The incident happened when the BEST bus on Route No. 381 was being driven from Ghatkopar Depot to Chembur around 11.15 a.m.

“When the bus arrived near the Basant Park signal, the driver, Haridas Patil, suffered a heart attack and lost control of the vehicle… It rammed into the signal there,” said BEST spokesperson.

There were 9 commuters, including a policeman, in the bus owing to the Covid-19 restrictions, but nobody sustained any injuries in the accident.

Seeing Patil’s precarious condition, he was rushed in a police vehicle to Rajawadi Hospital. His condition was reported to be stable.

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2 militants killed in Shopian encounter

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Two terrorist have been killed in an ongoing encounter with security forces in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said on Tuesday.

The gunfight started on Monday after security forces cordoned off an area in Melhora and launched a search operation on the basis of a specific information about militant presence.

As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter. One militant was killed on Monday evening, the other early Tuesday following overnight stand-off.

“Two unidentified terrorists have been killed in the Shopian encounter. Searches are underway,” the police said.

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