A Delhi court today awarded seven years imprisonment to two men after they confessed they conspired to raise funds and recruiting people for ISIS. This was the first conviction case of sympathisers of the terror group ISIS.
District judge Amar Nath gave the sentence to the accused Azhar-ul-Islam, 24 and Mohammad Farhan, 25. The National Investigation Agency or NIA investigated the case.
A month ago, Islam and Farhan pleaded guilty to the charges. They filed an application through their lawyer in which they said they “are remorseful of the acts” and wanted to “rehabilitate themselves and be productive for the society”.
Last year in January, the two convicts along with another man Adnan Hussain were arrested after they were deported from Abu Dhabi.
The NIA stated that they had made multiple trips to Dubai to recruit others. The investigation agency had recovered 25 electronic devices including mobile phones, laptops.
In its report, the NIA told the court that the accused created several groups on social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Viber, Kik and VKontakte. Their purpose was to connect “like-minded people” from various parts of the world. They and their associates raised and distributed funds for ISIS.
The court order stated, “They conspired against governments of different sovereigns including India by organising online meetings of like-minded people who shared views in support of ISIS. They also incited, instigated and motivated people to join ISIS. They were trying to influence others by disseminating incriminating contents justifying and glorifying the terrorist acts of ISIS.”
The court gave the sentence on charges of criminal conspiracy under the IPC and under provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
NIA said the convicts were actively involved in promoting, perpetuating and propagating ideologies and terrorist activities of the ISIS.