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Mumbai National Investigation Agency frames charges against Zakir Naik’s employee

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Mumbai: The special court of the National Investigation Agency, Mumbai, has framed charges against accused Arshi Qureshi, who was a guest relations manager at the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) headed by Zakir Naik, on Tuesday. As per the charges, Qureshi provided support to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) by way of furthering its activities to Ashfak Majid and a group of missing youths from Kerala, motivating and radicalising them to join ISIS. Qureshi allegedly conducted ‘training’ sessions at IRF’s Dongri office to radicalise Muslim youths.

NIA had booked him for criminal conspiracy (Section 120B) of the Indian Penal Code, along with penalty for being a member of an unlawful association (Section 10), punishment for unlawful activities (Section 13), offence relating to membership of a terrorist organisation and Section 38 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Qureshi was arrested for the indoctrination of Ashfak Majid, son of the complainant, and his associates into extreme jihadi ideology.

Majid was brainwashed by a group of like-minded youths from Kasaragod district of Kerala and some members of the Islamic Research Foundation, Mumbai, who motivated and radicalised Majid and his associates to join ISIS, a terrorist organisation. During investigation, it was found that the accused Qureshi was involved in unlawful activities and spreading disaffection against India.