National investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches today at two locations in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu and one location in Alappuzha, Kerala as part of investigation in the Omar Al-Hindi module case.

Charge-sheet was filed in the case under sections 120B, 121 and 122 of IPC besides sections 17, 18, 18B, 20, 38, 39 and 40 of UA (P) Act on 29th March, 2017 against six arrested accused persons besides absconding accused Shajeer Mangalassery (A-13), who, while being outside India had hatched the criminal conspiracy and formed the terrorist gang to further the objectives of ISIS/ Daesh in India.

Investigation in the case had revealed that charge-sheeted accused Shajeer Mangalassery (A-13), had migrated (performed hijra) to ISIS/ Daesh controlled territory in Afghanistan from the UAE in June, 2016. After the arrest of accused persons in this case during October, 2016, absconder Shajeer Mangalassery, using the online identities Abu Ayisha or Sameer Ali, had been radicalizing vulnerable youth on the ideology of ISIS/ Daesh, over social media platforms and exhorting them to indulge in violent jihad in India.

Based on reliable information that certain persons from Kerala and Tamil Nadu were in touch with the members of the ISIS/ Daesh terror module in this case, over internet based social media platforms and have been radicalized on the ideology of ISIS/ Daesh, the NIA conducted searches at houses and workplaces of such persons. Inputs had also revealed that such radicalized individuals were inclined to support and further the objectives of the proscribed terrorist organization ISIS/ Daesh.

During the searches conducted on the basis of the warrants issued by the Special NIA Court, Ernakulam, several mobile phones, laptops, hard disks, pen drives, DVDs/ CDs, memory cards, SIM cards besides documents including books and manuscripts have been seized. One of three persons whose premises have been searched, has admitted that he had been in regular contact with Abdul Rashid Abdullah, accused in the other ISIS related cases of the NIA.

The suspects are being examined by the NIA investigators to ascertain the facts regarding their involvement in this case.

First Published | 4 August 2017 1:19 PM
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