The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday arrested two accused from Hyderabad in a case related to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in 2016.
The probe agency move comes after the fresh input was received from reliable sources indicating Hyderabad resident Abdullah Basith and Mohd Abdul Qhadeer were connected with chargesheeted accused Adnan Hassan in case registered in 2016.
The tip off also revealed that Basith and some of his associates were in regular touch with each other and conspiring to further the activities of ISIS, a proscribed terrorist organisation in India.
According to NIA, the initial questioning done so far has brought out the involvement of Abdullah Basith, Qhadeer and other associates pledging their allegiance to the proscribed terrorist organisation ISIS to carry out terror activities in India
“Searches were conducted at seven places on August 6 in Hyderabad city and investigating agency seized many incriminating materials which have been sent to CFSL Hyderabad for analysis and data extraction”, the agency stated.
This case was registered by NIA under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act on January 25, 2016 against Sheikh Azhar ul Islam, Mohammed Farhan Shaikh and Adnan Hassan for the allegations that the said three accused and their other unknown associates were members of ISIS and were involved in a conspiracy to identify, motivate, radicalise, recruit and train Indian Muslim youth on behalf of the proscribed outfit ISIS to carry out terror activities.
All the three accused were subsequently arrested by NIA.
After completion of investigation, NIA filed chargesheet on July 25, 2016 against these three accused persons in the NIA Special Court, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi.
“During trial, two accused Sheikh Azhar ul Islam and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh pleaded guilty and were sentenced to seven years of imprisonment, while trial against accused Adnan Hassan is still going on”, the probe agency added.
Further investigation was also continued against other accused persons.