India’s National Investigation Agency on Sunday carried out searches at seven places in Srinagar and Anantnag in south Kashmir in connection with a case related to the circulation of propaganda by ISIS.
The spokesperson of the NIA said a case was registered on June 29 in connection with the conspiracy of ISIS to radicalize and recruit impressionable youths in India to wage violent jihad against the Indian State.
In this connection, an India-centric online propaganda magazine ‘the Voice of Hind’ (VOH) is published on monthly basis to radicalize youths, the spokesperson said.
To execute its plan, an organized campaign has been launched in cyberspace which is supplemented by on-ground militant financing activities.
ISIS militants operating from various conflict zones along with ISIS cadres in India, by assuming pseudo online identities, have created a network wherein ISIS-related propaganda material is disseminated for radicalizing and recruiting members into its fold.
Searches in the case on Sunday led to the recovery and seizure of a large number of incriminating documents and digital devices such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and hard disks, and T-shirts having the ISIS logo.
Reports said NIA conducted a series of raids in Srinagar, Anantnag, and Baramulla districts and arrested six persons including the head of a Darul-Uloom besides seizing electronic gadgets, bank statements, and other documents.
NIA teams headed by Dinesh Gupta along with police officials from Achabal conducted raids at villages Pushroo, Sunsooma, and Achabal and arrested five people that include 28-year-old Javaid Ahamad Mir from Sunsooma, who is an MBA and runs a shop at Sunsooma, Umar Bhat from Magray Mohallah Achabal, who runs garment shop at Achabal.
“The three others who were arrested include Ovais Ahamad Bhat from Magray Mohallah Achabal, Tanveer Ahamad Bhat from Gorimohallah, Achabal and Zeeshan Ameen Malik from Pushru Nowgam Achabal,” the officials said, adding that the NIA team took along all the five arrested persons.
In Srinagar, the officials said that NIA sleuths raided a Darul Uloom and seized a laptop, bank statements, and other documents. The officials said the NIA men detained the Darul Uloom head Noor din Bhat of Hawal on the spot. The officials said that NIA sleuths also reached Baramulla early morning and carried out raids at two places.