NIA files charge sheet against 2 terrorists in ISIS Omar AL Hindi module case

NIA

New Delhi: The National investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday said that it has filed supplementary charge-sheet before the Ernakulum Special NIA Court against Sidhikhul Aslam of Thiruvananthapuram under sections 120B of IPC and 38 and 39 of UA (P) Act and against Muhammad Polakkanni of Kozhikode under sections 120B of IPC and 18, 18B, 20, 38 and 39 of UA (P) Act.
The case was registered suo-motu by the probe agency on October 1, 2016, based on credible information regarding the conspiracy and the consequent formation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) inspired terrorist module Ansarul Khilafa-KL, by certain youth from Southern India, with the intention of furthering the objectives of ISIS.
Five accused persons were arrested by NIA on October 2, 2016 from Kanakamala in Kannur district, while preparing to carry out terrorist attacks in Kerala and Tamil Nadu by targeting prominent persons including judges, police officers and politicians and places of tourist importance where foreigners, especially Jews congregate.
“In this case, six members of the ISIS inspired terrorist module, namely Manseed Muhmood, Swalih Mohammed, Rashid Ali, Ramshad N K, Safvan P and Moinudheen PK were convicted by the Special Court on November 27, 2019 for offences under the IPC and UA(P) Act. They were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment ranging from three to fourteen years along with fine” the probe agency said.
The investigation has established that accused Sidhikhul Aslam, had conspired with convicted members of the ISIS inspired terrorist module and attempted to recruit more persons into the ISIS for furthering its objectives in India. He was arrested in this case on 28th October last year following return from Saudi Arabia.
The NIA probe also established that accused Mohammad Polakkanni had actively conspired with the convicted persons to propagate violent extremism by actively disseminating materials supporting Jehadi ideology and to effect terrorist attacks in South India.
“He had also traveled to Georgia during early-2018, with the intention of crossing over to Turkey and eventually to Syria to join the Islamic State. He was arrested by Georgian authorities while attempting to illegally cross-over to Turkey, using fake passport. He was arrested in this case on September 19, 2020, following return from Georgia”, the probe agency said