NIA Conducts Search In Srinagar In ISIS Kerala Module Case

SRINAGAR: National Investigation Agency on Monday said that it carried out raids at Srinagar and Kerala in connection with ISIS Module case.

The agency conducted search at Uzair Azhar Bhat’s house in Karfali Mohalla, Srinagar.

The agency said that Bhat is suspected to have been a part of the conspiracy.

In a statement issued to media, NIA spokerperson said, “In 2021, the National Investigation Agency had started investigations into Mohammed Ameen @ Abu Yahya, resident of Kadannamanna, district Mallapuram (Kerala), who had been running various ISIS propaganda channels on different social media platforms, such as Telegram, Hoop and Instagram.”

“Through these channels, he was propagating violent ideologies of ISIS and was radicalizing and recruiting new members to this ISIS module. He and his associates had even identified certain individuals for targeted killings and had made plans to undertake Hijrah to Jammu and Kashmir for engaging in terrorist acts and had raised funds from various sources for this trip,” the spokesperson said.

During the probe, it was found that Mohammad Ameen was in touch with Deepthi Marla of Kerala, a converted Muslim, married to Anas Abdul Rahiman of Mangalore.

“In 2015, she had gone to Dubai to pursue studies where she met another woman, Mizha Siddeeque and both women developed an inclination towards ISIS. In 2019, they tried to do Hijrah to Khorasan and reached Tehran, Iran. After reaching Tehran, their contact with ISIS operatives based in Khorasan could not be established,” he further said.

They both returned to India, and Deepthi got in touch with Ameen, Obaid Hamid Matta, Madesh Shankar and others and made plans to undertake Hijrah to ISIS administered territory.

In January 2020, she went to Srinagar to meet Obaid to plan the Hijrah and stayed in Srinagar for one week, he said.

“One of the common contacts between Deepthi and Obaid, Uzair Azhar Bhat, who is suspected to have been part of the conspiracy, was raided today. NIA conducted search at Bhat’s house in Karfali Mohalla, Srinagar and seized digital devices. The devices are being examined and further investigations are in progress,” reads the statement. (GNS)


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