NIA Arrests Islamic State Operative During Raids In Delhi And Varanasi

New Delhi: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday conducted raids in Varanasi and Delhi, and arrested a highly radicalised operative Basit Kalam Siddiqui in ISIS ‘Voice of Hind’ module case, news agency ANI reported.

According to the report, the case relates to the conspiracy by ISIS, a proscribed terror outfit, to radicalise and recruit impressionable youth in India to wage violent jihad against the country by carrying out acts of violence. The conspiracy case was hatched by ISIS operatives in Syria to radicalise Indian youth via internet.

Earlier on Tuesday, the investigation agency conducted searches at three locations in Patna in connection to a case related to a “self-radicalised” individual propagating a terror module ‘Ghazwa-e-Hind’.

The NIA in a statement on Tuesday said that the accused Margub Ahmad Danish, alias ‘Tahir’, a resident of Phulwari Sharif in Patna, was arrested sometime back for anti-national activities and radicalisation of youth over the social media.

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It is to be noted that Ghazwa-e-Hind is an offshoot of banned global terror outfit Al-Qaida.

According to a NIA spokesperson, the case was initially registered at Phulwarisharif police station on July 14 and re-registered by NIA on July 22.

During the searches carried out on the premises of the accused and the other suspected persons, incriminating materials, including digital devices and documents, were seized. The NIA further said that during investigations, it was found that Danish was a self-radicalised individual and he was in contact with a number of foreign entities via a WhatsApp group called “Ghazwa-e-Hind”.

In this group, acts of terrorism and activities in Kashmir were being glorified with the view to radicalise impressionable youth. He also created another WhatsApp group in the name of Ghazwa-e-Hind BD and was propagating violence in India, NIA said.