Chennai techie jailed in IS conspiracy case

New Delhi, December 17

A BTech graduate from Chennai has been convicted by a special NIA court for pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State terror group in a bid to fight in Syria, officials said today. The NIA Special Court at Patiala House pronounced the verdict against Mohammad Naser on Wednesday.

The case, registered by the NIA in December 2015 under the IPC and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act pertains to the criminal conspiracy hatched by the IS to establish its base in India by recruiting Muslim youths for the outfit, a banned terrorist organisation, through different social media platforms.

“As a result, a Indian youths expressed their solidarity, allegiance and support to the ISIS in different forms and left India or their place of residence for abroad and joined ISIS under the influence of persistent indoctrination by their handlers,” the NIA said in an official statement. After the completion of investigation, the NIA filed chargesheets against 16 accused, including Naser, on June. In this case, 15 accused were earlier sentenced to up to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by the NIA special court on October 16. — TNS

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