Multi-agency raid busts new ISIS module, detains five suspects from Karnataka, J&K

A multi-agency raid has busted a new ISIS module in India. The agencies have detained five suspects from Karnataka and Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the case.

An Islamic State (IS)-inspired module has been busted in a coordinated counter-terror operation, led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and state police. Five suspects have been detained in connection with the case.

The module was responsible for disseminating ISIS propaganda on a large scale in cyberspace and was responsible for influencing many impressionable young minds.

The module was also involved in instigating Indian youth for armed Jihad, planning targeted assassination of select right-wing leaders and personalities, and mobilising funds from sympathisers of ISIS.

DETAILS OF THOSE ARRESTED TODAY:

  • Deepthi Marla (Ullal, Mangalore): She has converted to Islam and is associated with IS-Khorasan and J&K-based handlers. She unsuccessfully tried to perform hijrat to Khorasan, Afghanistan. She is suspected to be the mastermind behind radicalisation of the arrested accused in the disrupted module.
  • Madesh Shankar alias Dardan alias Ali Muaviya (Bengaluru): He is a neo convert and suspected to be associated with IS-Khorasan. He was active in propagating IS ideology through different social media platforms and has expressed his willingness to do Jihad.
  • Mohammed Ammar (Ullal, Mangalore): He was willing to perform hijrat to IS-conflicted area in Khorasan, Afghanistan, and even booked tickets to travel. However, he backed out at the last moment.
  • Obaid Hamid alias Muvahiya (Srinagar): He was associated with IS operatives based in Khorasan and was planning to travel to IS conflicted area.
  • Muzamil Hassan Bhat (Bandipore): He helped in fundraising for Islamic State in Jammu & Kashmir.

WHAT IS THE NEW ISIS MODULE?

This module first came to the notice of intelligence agencies almost a year ago as they were found peddling a large volume of Islamist propaganda on an Instagram Channel, “Chronicle Foundation”, with over 5,000 members from across the world.

A meticulous analysis by cyber intelligence led to the agencies breaking the anonymity that the module members were exercising. This led to the identification of many of the members by intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

Further investigation revealed that the module had a pan-India network.

TIMELINE OF THE AGENCY’S INVESTIGATION:

In March, key accused Mohammed Ameen, a resident of Malappuram, Kerala was neutralised.

The agency also detained six Keralites, including two females, from New Delhi, Kannur, and Kollam in connection with the case. Of the six detainees, three- Ameen, Mushab, and Dr Rahees- were formally arrested by NIA.

The interrogation of arrested persons, as well as data from the seized digital media, was meticulously analysed for the identification of other members of the module.

Follow-up intervention by NIA and state police of Karnataka and Jammu and Kashmir resulted in the detention of five members of the module from Karnataka- Mangalore and Bangalore-and J&K-Srinagar & Bandipore- on August 4.

During the search operation, NIA recovered digital media devices, Islamic State literature, Knives, IS-linked financial trails, etc.

Source: India Today

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