NIA arrests two IS operatives in Hyderabad

NIA arrests two IS operatives in Hyderabad

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday arrested two people in Hyderabad for their connection with global terror outfit Islamic State (IS).

The accused were identified as  Abdullah Basith (24), son of Mohammed Abdul Arif of Hafeezbaba Nagar, and  Mohd Abdul Qhadeer (19)  son of Abdul Quddus of Chandrayangutta, both from old city in Hyderabad.

The arrests came after a series of raids by NIA sleuths at seven places in the old city on August 6 and interrogation of the suspects for one week.

“A lot of incriminating material was recovered and seized. The same has been sent to Central Forensic Science Laboratory Hyderabad for analysis and data extraction,” the NIA press release said.

The initial questioning has brought out the involvement of accused Abdullah Basith, Mohd Abdul Qhadeer and other associates pledging their allegiance to the proscribed terrorist organisation IS to carry out terror activities in India.

On January 28, 2016, the NIA had registered a case in New Delhi under Section 120 B of IPC and 18, 18 A and 18 B Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, against Sheikh Azhar ul Islam, Mohammed Farhan Shaikh and Adnan Hassan for the allegation that the  accused and their other unknown associates were members of the IS and were involved in a conspiracy to identify, motivate, radicalize, recruit and train Indian Muslim youths on behalf of the IS to carry out terror activities.

All the three accused were subsequently arrested by the NIA.

After completion of investigation, the NIA filed a chargesheet on July 25, 2016, against them in the NIA Special Court, New Delhi.

During trial, two accused persons Sheikh Azhar ul Islam and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh pleaded guilty and were sentenced to seven years of imprisonment, while trial against accused Adnan Hassan is still going on.

Further investigation was also continued against the other accused.