Hyderabad: Two people were arrested by the National Investigation Agency on Sunday in connection with an Abu Dhabi-based ISIS module case registered in 2016.
The officials arrested Mohammed Abdullah Basith, 24, of Chandrayangutta and Mohammed Abdul Qadeer, 19, of Pahadishareef as they were allegedly conspiring to further the ISIS ideology and carry out terrorist activities in India. The two accused have been in touch with Adnan Hassan, who was earlier arrested in the 2016 ISIS module case and is facing trial.
NIA officials had also conducted searches in seven locations in and around the city.
“The initial questioning has revealed the involvement of accused Abdullah Basith, Mohd Abdul Qadeer and other associates to the ISIS. A lot of incriminating material was recovered and seized. It has been sent to CFSL Hyderabad for analysis and data extraction,” officials added.
The agency, in the chargesheet filed for the arrested trio, had also named a few people from the city, including Mohd Abdullah Basith of Chandrayangutta, Mohammed Mujtaba of Edi Bazaar, Hannan Qureshi, Adnan Ahmed and Sana who the agency said were members of the Hyderabad-based ISIS module.
The NIA in 2016 had arrested Sheikh Azhar ul Islam, Mohammed Farhan Shaikh and Adnan Hassan on allegations that the three persons 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.
The agency had registered a Case RC-04/16/NIA/DLI dated 28.01.2016 at PS NIA, New Delhi under Sections 120B of IPC and 18, 18A and 18B Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. After completion of the investigation, NIA filed a charge-sheet on July 25, 2016 against the three accused in the NIA Special Court, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi.
The NIA officials said that during further investigation, a fresh input was received from reliable sources that one Abdullah Basith, a resident of Hyderabad, was in regular touch with accused Adnan Hassan. Some of his associates too were in touch with each other and were conspiring to further the activities of ISIS in India, the NIA stated. NIA officials for the last one week have been questioning more than 10 people, including Basith and Qadeer, as part of the investigation....