A special court in New Delhi convicted nine Islamic State operatives under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and various other sections of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Explosive Substances Act. The quantam of their sentence will be announced on the September 22.
The accused Abu Anas, Nafees Khan, Najmul Huda, Mohd Afzal, Suhail Ahamed, Obedullah Khan, Mohd Aleem, Mufti Abdul Sami Qasmi and Amjad Khan pleaded guilty.
The hearing in the special court was regarding criminal conspiracy hatched by ISIS in India to establish its base in the country by recruiting Muslim youth through various social media platforms.
During the course of investigation carried by National Investigation Agency (NIA), searches were conducted in various cities around the country and 19 people were arrested with links to the banned outfit.
It came to light that the accused had formed an organisation named Junood-ul-Khilafa-Fil-Hind (a group seeking to establish Caliphate in India and pledging allegiance to ISIS) to recruit Muslim youth to work for ISIS and carry out acts of terrorism in India. They were to carry out multiple attacks at the behest of Yusuf-Al-Hindi alias Shafi Armar alias Anjan Bhai, who is based in Syria and is reportedly the media chief of ISIS.
Out of the apprehended persons, the nine who were convicted are Mohammed Nafees Khan Abu Anas Najmul Huda, Mohammed Afzal, Mohammed Obedullah Khan, Mohammad Aleem, Mufti Abdus Sami and Amzad Khan.
This is the first of its kind case where ISIS has conspired to carry out acts of terrorism in India targeting various cities as it became evident from the conspiracy meetings carried out by the organisation at Lucknow, Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
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