NIA Chargesheets 17 in Major ISIS Terror Conspiracy

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has chargesheeted 17 hardcore ISIS agents for a conspiracy involving radicalisation, recruitment, and fabrication of explosives. This development brings the total accused in the case to 20. The accused actively participated in spreading ISIS ideology and raising funds to further their terror plans.

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 03-06-2024 17:24 IST | Created: 03-06-2024 17:24 IST
NIA Chargesheets 17 in Major ISIS Terror Conspiracy
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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has formally chargesheeted 17 hardcore operatives of the global terrorist organisation, ISIS, for their involvement in a conspiracy that included radicalising youth and constructing improvised explosive devices, according to an official statement.

Originally, the NIA chargesheeted three individuals in March 2023. The supplementary chargesheet, filed before the special court at Patiala House in New Delhi, includes 17 more, with 15 hailing from Maharashtra and one each from Uttarakhand and Haryana, the agency stated.

With these additions, the total number of accused in the case now stands at 20. The case had revealed international connections with foreign handlers, as per the federal probe agency's statement.

The accused face charges under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Arms Act, and Explosive Substances Act. They are alleged to have engaged in an extensive ISIS conspiracy involving recruitment, training, and propagation of ISIS ideology among impressionable youth. The plans also included constructing explosives and raising funds for the banned outfit.

The NIA has been targeting various active ISIS modules within the country to dismantle the international organization's terror network. The agency registered a case in November 2023 to probe this conspiracy further. Subsequent investigations led to the seizure of incriminating documents and data on explosive manufacturing and ISIS propaganda material such as 'Voice of Hind,' 'Rumiyah,' 'Khilafat,' and 'Dabiq.'

Further investigations revealed the accused had been distributing digital files on IED fabrication and raising funds in line with ISIS's agenda to incite violence in India and undermine its secular and democratic fabric.

The statement added that the accused had prepared for terrorist attacks, including recruiting susceptible youth. They had pledged allegiance to an arrested individual, Saquib Nachan, a repeat offender and a self-styled Amir-e-Hind for ISIS in India. NIA officials continue to pursue leads in this case to uncover further connections of the accused.

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