NIA conducts raid in Mangaluru in connection with the Isis case (PTI)
NEW DELHI: NIA on Wednesday conducted searches at five locations, including three in Jammu and Kashmir and two in Karnataka, in connection with its probe into an ISIS module led by arrested accused Mohammad Ameen alias Abu Yahya, r/o Kerala.
The module was allegedly propagating ISIS ideology via social media platforms like Telegram, Instagram and Hoop and radicalising and recruiting new members from Kerala, J&K and Karnataka.
Subsequent to the searches, which were conducted in coordination with the state/UT police concerned, four accused persons associated with ISIS were arrested – Obaid Hamid r/o Bemina, Srinagar, Muzammil Hassan Bhat r/o Bandipora, Ammar Abdul Rahman r/o Ullal, Mangalore and Shankar Venkatesh Perumal r/o Bengaluru. They were involved in raising funds and radicalising and motivating people to join ISIS, said NIA.
The ‘ISIS Kerala Module case’ was registered suo-motu by NIA on March 5, 2021, against seven known and other unknown accused persons under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and IPC. It pertains to terrorist activities of Mohammad Ameen, who had returned to India from Bahrain in the wake of decline of ISIS Caliphate in Syria/Iraq, with a view to creating a local module here by radicalising and recruiting vulnerable youths from J&K, Kerala and Karnataka. He had been camping in Delhi for two months before he was arrested in March 2021 and was reportedly making connections with J&K-based terror operatives.
Ameen, soon upon his return from Bahrain, visited Kashmir for hijrah (religious migration) and to engage in terrorist acts. He also raised funds in association with Kashmir-based accused Mohammad Waqar Lone @ Wilson Kashmiri and his associates. As part of the conspiracy, funds were transferred to Mohd. Waqar Lone by an accused in the case through banking channels and digital payment methods, on the directions of Mohd. Ameen.
The searches on Wednesday were conducted at the premises of accused/suspects who were continuously in touch with Mohammed Ameen and his associates through various groups/channels on encrypted chat platforms and had raised funds for furtherance of activities of ISIS. During searches, several digital devices including laptops, mobile phones, hard disk drives, pen drives, multiple SIM cards of different service providers and incriminating documents were seized.
Two others, Dr Rahees Rasheed and Mus’Hab Anwar, were earlier arrested along with Mohd. Ameen by NIA in March 2021, following raids at 11 locations including eight in Kerala covering Kannur, Mallapuram and Kasaragod districts; two locations in Bengaluru and one in Delhi.
The ISIS module had allegedly identified certain individuals in Kerala and Karnataka for targeted killing.