Two ISIS operatives plead responsible earlier than Delhi court docket

New Delhi, August 19

Two individuals on Wednesday pleaded responsible earlier than a Delhi court docket in a case of legal conspiracy by the ISIS to ascertain its base in India by recruiting Muslim youths via totally different social media platforms with a purpose to perform acts of terrorism within the nation.

Accused Abu Anas and Najmul Huda made the submission earlier than the court docket, which was scheduled to listen to arguments on the quantum of punishment for six different accused who had earlier pleaded responsible within the case, their advocate Qausar Khan mentioned.

Special Judge Parveen Singh, in the meantime, Wednesday deferred for August 24 the listening to on the quantum of sentence for the six accused—Mudabbir Mushtaq Sheikh, Mohammad Shareef Moinudeen Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Hussain Khan, Syed Mujahid and Mohammad Azhar Khan—who pleaded responsible earlier.

While pleading responsible, the accused informed the court docket that they have been “remorseful for the acts alleged against them”, and undertook to not take pleasure in related acts and actions in future.

They mentioned they needed to return to the mainstream society and rehabilitate themselves.

“The accused are having clean antecedents, even their conduct in jail are satisfactory and there is nothing adverse against them… the accused are pleading guilty voluntarily without any pressure, threat, coercion, inducement or undue influence and he that he understands the consequences,” their plea mentioned.

The case, registered by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on December 9, 2015 underneath related sections of the IPC and the UA(P) Act, pertains to the bigger legal conspiracy hatched by the ISIS to ascertain its base in India by recruiting Muslim youths for the proscribed terror group via totally different social media platforms, the probe company mentioned.

The accused had fashioned Junood-ul-Khilafa-Fil-Hind organisation, searching for to ascertain a caliphate in India and pledging allegiance to ISIS, to recruit Muslim youths to work for the ISIS and commit acts of terrorism in India on the behest of Syria-based Yusuf-Al-Hindi who’s purportedly the media chief of ISIS, it mentioned.

The NIA had filed chargesheets in opposition to 16 accused in 2016-2017.

After the six accused pleaded responsible on August 6, the court docket convicted them underneath sections 120B (legal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and numerous sections of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and Explosive Substances Act.

This case was first of its type during which terrorist conspiracy of this magnitude involving on-line radicalisation was effected on cyber house within the aftermath of declaration of Islamic Caliphate by ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014, the NIA had mentioned. — PTI

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