Palghar: National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested one youth from Boisar in Palghar Taluka in connection with ISIS.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝗴𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗦𝗮𝘂𝗱𝗶 𝗔𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗮, 𝗞𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗮
He had gone to Saudi Arabia, then resided in Kerala. He was currently living in Boisar.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday searched multiple locations in Mumbai and Bengaluru against suspects allegedly linked with global terror outfits ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
𝗡𝗜𝗔 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝘄𝗼 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘆
The NIA is probing the involvement of the two suspects in a terror conspiracy case and searches were conducted at Thanisandra, Bengaluru and Palghar. Officials detained Hamraj Shaikh, 24, from Boisar in Palghar for conspiracy to spread terrorist activities and disrupt unity, security and sovereignty of the country.
𝗦𝘂𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸𝘀 𝘁𝗼
Wahid Sheikh, the father of suspect Hamraj Shaikh, said: "At around 8.30 am, NIA team came home and started questioning my son. His laptop and phone have been seized. NIA has told us that he talks to ISIS people. They took him with them. I don't know where they have taken him."
His father said he is not aware of who his son interacts with online.
𝗡𝗜𝗔 𝘀𝗲𝗶𝘇𝗲𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀, 𝗱𝗼𝗰𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀
The premier anti-terror investigation agency seized various digital devices and documents during the searches and detained a few suspects for questioning.
Intel inputs had led the NIA on the trail of the suspects in contact with foreign-based online handlers affiliated to proscribed terror organisations over encrypted communication platforms. “The suspects were involved in a conspiracy to radicalise youth over social media platforms and provoking them to indulge in acts of violence and terrorism,” said a senior NIA official.
𝗡𝗜𝗔 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗱𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗞𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗮 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝗻 𝘀𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝘀𝗲
Last month, in the same case, the agency conducted search raids at six places in Karnataka and arrested two suspects. Action was taken in Dakshina Kannada, Shivamogga, Davangere and Bengaluru. The arrested were identified as Reshan Thajuddin Sheikh from Udupi and Huzair Farhan Baig from Varambally, Shivamogga, Karnataka.
The probe in the case revealed that the one Maaz Muneer radicalised his close associate and college mate Reshaan Thajuddin and both received funds from their ISIS handler through crypto-wallets.
As a part of their larger violent and disruptive designs, the radical group also indulged in arson and targeting of vehicles and other establishments, such as liquor shops, godowns and power transformers.
A case was initially registered at Shivamogga Rural police station on Sept 19m 2022, but later the NIA took over the investigation and re-registered the same case on Nov 15 for further action.
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