Proof that ISIS exists in India

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Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, alternatively translated as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, is a Salafi jihadist militant group that follows an Islamic fundamentalist. The group fighting a war in distant Syria is headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

So far National Investigation Agency (NIA) along with states’ Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has detained or arrested over 30 Indians including a few who were deported from the UAE. They were mostly picked up on the basis of their “illegal” activities in cyberspace.

The broad-brush briefs come from intelligence sources — the NIA, Research & Analysis Wing (R&W), National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), Intelligence Bureau and ATS:

December 2014: Mehdi Masroor Biswas was arrested from his house in Jalahalli, Bangalore, following a report by UK’s Channel 4, which revealed that the man operating with @ShamiWitness twitter handle, who claimed to be a Libyan, was actually “an executive in Bangalore working for an Indian conglomerate.” He was booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for allegedly advocating terrorism.

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January 2015: Nine persons from Bengaluru were deported by Turkish authorities from Istanbul after they were caught trying to cross over to Syria to join the IS.

September 2015: Afsha Jabeen alias Nicky alias Nicole Joseph was arrested in Hyderabad after she was deported from Dubai for being an alleged ISIS recruiter. Jabeen, 38, was even successful in motivating around a dozen youth from India to join the ISIS, the Hyderabad police said. She allegedly provoked them with stories on how Islam was under threat all over the world and how they could together stand for it.

January 2016: Noor Mohammad Shaikh, 32, attempted suicide after drinking rat poison, accusing the Maharashtra Police and ATS of torturing him in custody was admitted to KEM Hospital Mumbai where he underwent treatment for several days.

He and Wajid Shaikh were in the ATS custody after they left their homes in suburban Malvani allegedly to join ISIS. They were close to Mohsin Abrahim Sayeed, who was arrested by the Delhi police earlier this month. All three had left their homes in December allegedly to join ISIS in Iraq.

January 22: Aleem Ahmad from Indira Nagar in Lucknow and Rizwan Ahmad from Kushinagar on the Indo-Nepal border were arrested for being IS operatives. They were allegedly planning blasts at Haridwar’s Ardh Kumbh.

New Delhi: Security and Intelligence sources tells that ISIS  could reach India in no time. “Since the NIA was formed, one thing was made very clear that they should not rush into things. They should first verify and observe the activities for a while and then make a formal arrest, particularly in cases involving local people.”We make no arrest if we find somebody expressing a radical view, but we keep such an individual under watch. Once s/he crosses the threshold, we first detain and only after preliminary interrogation, we make a formal arrest,” said a senior NIA investigator.
Lucknow: Rights activist and lawyer Mohammad Shoeb, who was behind  the release of many ‘victims,’ was praised by the Muslim community. He says most of the cases that he handled were based only on suspicion. “Fabrication of evidence does not stand in the court of law,” says Shoeb.

Zafar Masood alias Guddu from Sambhal in western UP was arrested  funding al-Qaeda’s Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) operatives for crossing to Pakistan.Masood was possessing four passports.

Mumbai: The state police say Areeb Majeed, Fahad Sheikh, Shaheen Tanki and Aman Tandel had left Kalyan on May 23, 2014 ostensibly on a pilgrimage to Iraq and shortly afterwards joined the terror group in that country.
Bangalore: In January this year, NIA arrested seven people from three places of Karnataka (Bengaluru, Mangalore and Tumakuru) for Jihadi activities.
 

J&K’s anger

Srinagar: In July 2014, when Kashmir was witnessing protests against Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, protesters came out with black flag, resembling that of IS and al-Qaeda, in the city centre Lal Chowk. Since that day almost every Friday a group of masked boys appears outside Jamia Masjid in old Srinagar and displays the IS flags.”We picked up nearly 10 youngsters who hoisted these flags. They have no idea about the ideology of IS and it was just aimed at grabbing attention,” said a senior police officer.

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