NIA chargesheet against three IS operatives

NIA chargesheet against three IS operatives

NIA chargesheet against three IS operatives

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday filed a chargesheet against three youths, including one from Karnataka, for “promoting” Islamic State ideology and inciting people to join the terror outfit.

Adnan Hussain (Bhatkal, Karnataka), Mohammad Farhan (Mumbra, Maharashtra) and Sheikh Azhar Al Islam (Ganderbal, Jammu and Kashmir), with the help of their associates in other countries, were actively involved in “receiving, collecting and distributing funds” to those interested in going to Syria to join IS, according to the chargesheet.

They used banking channels, including Western Union, to provide the funds to those who were planning to go to the IS-strongholds in the middle-east, it said.

The chargesheet against Hussain (36), Farhan (25) and Sheikh Azhar Al Islam (24) comes six months after their arrest when they landed in Delhi after their deportation from the UAE on January 29.

The trio transfered funds from the UAE to the recipients from Tunisia, Philippines and India.

Hassan had also funded an IS module in Hyderabad. He had attempted twice to flee to Syria — first from Kolkata in 2014 via Bangladesh and Afghanistan and then from Nagpur to Srinagar in 2015, the chargesheet claimed.

According to the NIA, the trio were arrested for their “involvement in promoting the ideology” of IS, “inciting others to become members” and indulging in terrorist and anti-national activities through “Orkut, Nimbuzz, Google Talk, Facebook, Whatsapp, Skype, Vkontakte, Kik, Twitter, Hangouts, Snapchat, Youtube, Viber, Telegram, Wickr, Surespot, Google drive and Telegram”.

The devices seized from their possession included four laptops, two tablets, seven mobiles, five SIMs, three SD cards, two pendrives and some documents.