NIA raids Islamic State suspect’s house
Earlier, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday raided the house of a suspected member of the global terrorist group in Srinagar in connection with the case related to the activities of some persons from Kerala linked to the Islamic State. A spokesperson of the anti-terror agency NIA said that the house of Uzair Azhar Bhat, a suspected member of the Kerala module of the Islamic State, was raided in the Karfali Mohalla area of Srinagar. The Islamic State is also known as ISIS. In the year 2021, the NIA started investigation against Mohammad Amin alias “Abu Yahya”, a resident of Kadanmanna, Kerala, who was operating multiple channels promoting Islamic State on various social media platforms.
Amin was in touch with Dipti Marla of Kerala
The NIA spokesperson said that through these channels, he was propagating violent jihadist ideologies of ISIS and recruiting new members into the ISIS module. He and his companions had also identified some persons who were to be killed. The NIA said that he had also planned to go to Jammu and Kashmir to indulge in terrorist activities and raised funds from various sources for this trip. The spokesperson said that during the course of investigation, it was found that Amin was in touch with Deepti Marla from Kerala, who had converted to Islam. She was married to Anas Abdul Rahman of Mangalore. In 2015, she went to Dubai to study, where she met Meeza Siddiqui and the two women developed an affinity for ISIS.
How did the terrorist reach ISIS?
The official said that in 2019, she tried to perform ‘hijra’ in Khorasan (Afghanistan) and reached Tehran, Iran. After reaching Tehran, he could not get in touch with the ISIS members in Khorasan. The agency said they both returned to India, and Marla planned to migrate to ISIS-controlled territory by contacting Amin, Obaid Hamid Matta, Madesh Shankar alias Abdullah and others. The spokesperson said that in January 2020, she went to Srinagar to meet Matta to plan for Hijra and stayed in Srinagar for a week. He said that one of the persons Marla and Matta usually had contact with was Bhat. Bhat is suspected to be part of the conspiracy.
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