IndiaIS connection; NIA chargesheet against three Keralites, including a Kannur resident

IS connection; NIA chargesheet against three Keralites, including a Kannur resident


Highlight:

  • Raised money for terrorist activity
  • The activity was through social media
  • The chargesheet was filed in the Delhi NIA court

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a chargesheet against three Malayalees linked to the Islamic State terror outfit. A chargesheet has been filed in the Delhi NIA court against Mushab Anwar from Kannur, Mohammad Amin from Malappuram and Rahees Rashid from Ochira, Kollam. The NIA found that they had coordinated the activities of IS in Kerala through social media.

The indictment alleges that they carried out activities such as spreading Islamic State ideology through social media such as Telegram and Instagram and recruiting people for ISIS. They were arrested in Kerala in connection with recruitment.

According to the NIA chargesheet, they were trying to lure Muslim youth to ISIS. According to the chargesheet, Amin visited Kashmir last year and was involved in terrorist activities. Rahees Rashid worked with Mohammad Waqar, a native of Kashmir, to raise money for terrorist activities. The indictment alleges that they used social media to fund terrorist activities and recruit people.

The NIA had arrested two Kannur natives weeks ago on charges of IS links. Shifa Harris and Misha Siddique of Thana were arrested. Ivor worked for IS through an Instagram group called the Chronicle Foundation. They had earlier been taken into NIA custody and questioned.

The girls have been under the surveillance of the NIA team since last March. The girls were arrested after a six-month investigation. Their accomplice Musad Anwar was earlier arrested. Another member of the gang, Ameer Abdul Rahman, was arrested on August 4 from Mangalore. The women were arrested on the basis of information received from him. The NIA says that the IS ideology is being carried out by a group of seven in Kerala.

The arrested women were taken to Delhi after being produced in court online. Indications are that the arrested persons are professionals. What they did not do was to lure the youth of North Malabar to the ideology of Islamic State. There are indications that IS recruits from Thrikkarippur and Patna have fallen into such traps.

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