BY : AKSHYA GURNANI
In an order passed on 11.09.2020, Sh. Parveen Singh, Special Judge for NIA at Patiala House Courts Complex, New Delhi, held 09 more accused persons guilty and convicted them in the ISIS Conspiracy Delhi Case. Earlier on 06.08.2020, six (06) accused persons were held guilty and convicted in this case.
This case was registered at PS NIA, New Delhi on 09.12.2015 under section 125 of IPC and sections 18, 18B, 38 & 39 of UA(P) Act, 1967 and pertains to larger criminal conspiracy hatched by the ISIS to establish its base in India by recruiting Muslim youth for ISIS, a proscribed terrorist organization, through different social media platforms. During the course of investigation, searches were conducted in various cities and 19 accused persons were arrested. It was revealed that the accused persons had formed an organization by name Junood-ul-Khilafa-Fil-Hind (a group seeking to establish Caliphate in India and pledging allegiance to ISIS/ISIL) to recruit Muslim youth to work for ISIS and commit acts of terrorism in India at the behest of one Yusuf-Al-Hindi @ ShafiArmar @ AnjanBhai, who is based in Syria and is purportedly the media chief of ISIS.
After completion of investigation, NIA had filed charge-sheets against 17 accused persons, in 2016-2017. The 9 convicted accused persons are namely i) Mohammed Nafees Khan son of Mohd. Afsar Khan, ii) Abu Anas son of Amzad Khan Mohd. iii) Najmul Huda son of Saiful Huda iv) Mohammed Afzal son of Late Abdul AlamSuhail Ahmed son of Umar Farooq vi) Mohammed Obedullah Khan son of Mustaq Ahmed Khan vii) Mohammad Aleem son of MohdSaleem viii) Mufti Abdus Sami Qasmi son of Late GulamHussain and ix) Amzad Khan son of Buniyad Khan. The matter stands fixed for pronouncement of quantum of punishment on 22.09.2020.
This case was first of its kind in which these ISIS terrorist had conspired to carryout terrorist acts in various parts of the country as is evident from the evidence on record with regard to their conspiracy meetings in Hyderabad (Telangana), Bangalore (Karnataka), Pune (Maharashtra) and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh). The immense efforts made in the investigation have worked as deterrence vis-à-vis the spread of ISIS ideology in India.