The National Investigating Agency (NIA) arrested two persons on Friday in connection with the Islamic State. The charge-sheet was filed before NIA court in Kochi in the case of 14 persons missing from Kasaragod district who have allegedly joined ISIS in Afghanistan.
According to NIA, the charge-sheet has been filed against Abdul Rashid alias Rashi from Kasaragod district in Kerala and Yasmeen Mohammed Zahid from Sitamarhi district, Bihar. Abdul Rashid allegedly collected funds and transferred it to Yasmeen for immigration of those 14 persons from Kasaragod.
Yasmeen and Rashid were booked under sections 120-B and 125 of the Indian Penal Court (IPC) and sections 38, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967.
The investigation proved that the main conspirator was Abdul Rashid who motivated the youth to exit from India to join the terror outfit in Afghanistan.
An NIA statement said, “The case relates to the criminal conspiracy hatched within and outside India by certain youths, originally hailing from Kasaragod district of Kerala, with the intention of furthering the objectives of the proscribed terrorist organisation Islamic State and their pursuant exit from India along with their families for joining and supporting the organisation.”
The officials said Rashid was taking jihad classes at Kasaragod and other places in support of the IS. He also motivated another accused Yasmeen to join the organisation and plan for Hijrah to the caliphate announced by the ISIS.
On July 30, last year Yasmeen was arrested at the New Delhi International Airport when she was trying to exit India for Kabul with her minor child. She wanted to join her co-conspirator Abdul Rashid in the region under the control of IS in Afghanistan.
Next week, Yasmeen would complete 180 days of judicial custody which making her eligible for statutory bail.
The NIA has sought permission from the court for further investigation. An NIA official said, “A supplementary charge-sheet will be filed after receiving evidence against other missing persons named as accused in the FIR. We have sought the assistance of Interpol in tracing them.”
The investigation also revealed that the conspiracy had been in operation since July 2015.