NIA Arrests 2 Persons (Journalism Student & Gym Owner) From Pune For Links With Islamic State

The National Investigation Agency on Sunday arrested two persons, including a woman from Pune’s Kondhwa & Yerwada in a case related to activities of ISKP (Islamic State – Khorasan Province). They have been identified as Nabeel Siddiique Khatri (age 27 years) & Sadia Anwar Sheikh (age 22 years).

Nabeel Siddiique Khatri is an owner of a gym in Pune while Sadia Anwar Sheikh is a 2nd year student of Mass Communication and Journalism in Baramati.

They were arrested on the basis of info provided by Kashmiri couple Jahanzaib Sami & Hina Beigh who are accused of links with ISKP (Islamic State – Khorasan Province). Both were arrested in March when they were trying to instigate anti-CAA protests in Delhi. They were also planning to carry out attacks in the country by instigating Muslims on the name of CAA.

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This case was initially registered by Delhi Police Special Cell on 8th March, 2020, after the arrest of a Kashmiri couple-Jahanzaib Sami Wani and his wife Hina Bashir Beigh from Jamia Nagar, Okhla Vihar, Delhi. The couple was having affiliations with ISKP, which is a banned terrorist organisation and is a part of ISIS, and was found to be involved in subversive and anti-national activities. They were also found to be in touch with Abdullah Basith, who is already lodged in Tihar jail in another NIA case (ISIS Abu Dabhi module).

The NIA investigation has revealed that accused Sadiya Sheikh was continuously in touch with Jahanzaib Sami, Hina Bashir Beigh & Abdullah Basith on various secure messaging applications and deliberating on as to how to propagate the ideology of ISIS and further its activities in India. They were trying to build up a cadre of ISIS in India by recruiting gullible youth for terrorist activities.

NIA also revealed that Nabeel Siddiique Khatri was actively involved in planning to carry out big terrorist attacks in India by arranging logistic support to further the activities of ISIS in India.

It has also been revealed that Sadiya Sheikh was in contact with ISIS recruiters through social media since 2015. She was planning to execute a terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir and was detained by J&K Police in 2018.

Sadia Anwar Sheikh (22) was earlier arrested by the ATS team in connection with ISIS links in 2015 and was later released after counselling as she was a juvenile. she had been radicalised after coming in contact with the ISIS supporters abroad on social media. In 2015 she was arrested from Airport while allegedly attempting to fly Syria to join ISIS.

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