Mumbai: Court orders charges against 4 ISIS recruits

The special court of National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Mumbai has ordered for framing the charges against Areeb Ejaz Majeed and his three associates Saheem Farooque Tanki, Fahad Tanweer Shaikh and Aman Nayeem Tandel for conspiring to organise terrorist activities as members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a proscribed terrorist organisation, against India and Asiatic powers in alliance with India.

“The case was registered on the basis of credible source of information that four youths from Kalyan had gone to Iraq with a group on May 25, 2014 under the guise of performing Ziyarat tour. Subsequently, they left the group without intimating the tour guide and the other pilgrims and went to Syria to join the ISIL. The family members of these youths had filed missing complaints as they had left without intimating anyone. Out of the four youths, Areeb Ejaz Majeed, returned to India on the November 28, 2014 but was apprehended by the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) Mumbai, and later was arrested by the NIA on November 29, 2014 after registration of the case,” said NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal.

Investigation by the NIA has established that Majeed and his three associates had joined ISIL and had undergone training in guerrilla warfare. “Majeed had participated in terrorist acts in Iraq and Syria and was injured on two occasions while himself performing Fidayeen attacks.  The trial court has fixed the next date on February 22 for framing of charges against Majeed.

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