NIA files chargesheet against four ISIS suspects

Hameed later radicalised and recruited Abu Thahir to the ISIS and travelled along with him to Turkey in August, 2015 with the intention of joining ISIS in Syria.

By Author  |  Published: 13th Mar 2018  10:43 pm
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Hyderabad: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday filed a chargesheet against four suspects in a case booked for carrying out ISIS activities, with one of the suspects being from Telangana.

The case was registered on January 26 in 2017 following an order from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), directing the NIA to suo-motu investigate information that eight suspects from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana, with the intention of furthering the activities of ISIS, had hatched a conspiracy and formed a terrorist gang that raised and received funds.

The gang had organised camps, recruited and trained some persons besides facilitating their travel to Syria to join the ISIS. The chargesheet was filed against four suspects Haja Fakkurudeen (42), a Singapore citizen of Indian origin and Khaja Moideen (50), both natives of Parangipettai in Cuddalore, Shakul Hameed (27) from Chennai and Ansar Meeran (29) from Thiruvithamcode in Kanyakumari.

The chargesheet was filed before the special court for NIA cases in Chennai. The case known as ISIS/Daish Chennai case was booked by the Delhi unit of NIA. Investigation has revealed that Fakkurudeen had organised and attended several conspiracy meetings in India with his associates to raise funds and recruit people for ISIS in 2013-14. He had subsequently joined the ISIS in Syria along with his family during the last week of January, 2014 and was seen in a propaganda video released by the terrorist organisation on social media websites during December, 2016.

Fakkurudeen had visited Chennai three times in just three months in late 2013 and conducted conspiracy meetings in Chennai, Keelakarai in Ramanathapuram district and Parangipettai in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu besides RT Nagar in Bengaluru, along with co-accused Moideen, Hameed, Meeran and Mohammed Thabraze, with the intention of recruiting the other accused persons for ISIS.

Fakkurudeen had last visited India on December 3, 2013 along with his family and then left for Turkey on January 22 2014, before crossing over to Syria and joining the Islamic State. Investigation has also revealed that Moideen, Hameed and Meeran had assisted Fakkurudeen in joining the ISIS in Syria during January 2014.

Hameed later radicalised and recruited Abu Thahir to the ISIS and travelled along with him to Turkey in August, 2015 with the intention of joining ISIS in Syria.

Further investigation into the roles of other suspects Masood Asarudeen, Sadiq Basha and Noman Jameel besides that of suspects identified earlier is in progress.