Friday, 22 January 2016

Potential IS-inspired attack on Hindu event prevented, 4 college students including teenager arrested

Update: (18/7)

NIA files charge sheet against six alleged ISIS operatives

Update: (6/2)

Arrested ‘IS operative’ was in touch with Syria terrorist: Cops

Published:February 11, 2016 3:21 am

The Special cell of Delhi Police on Wednesday told a Delhi court that suspected IS operative Mohsin Ibrahim Sayyed, arrested for allegedly conspiring to carry out a terror strike during the Ardh Kumbh Mela at Hardwar, had come in contact with Syria-based IS terrorist Yusuf Al Hindi.
The special cell told additional sessions judge Reetesh Singh that Sayyed was allegedly in contact with Yusuf Al Hindi through his friend Ayaz Sultan, a resident of Mumbai.
The police said that Sultan left for Afghanistan in December 2015 to join the IS. They also said that during the interrogation of Sayyed, it was revealed that he delivered money to accused Akhlakur Rehman and his associates, who in turn delivered him SIM cards, mobile phones and arranged for a rented accommodation.

Sayyed also delivered money to accused persons which he had recovered from Lucknow on the instruction of Yusuf. After he left his house he visited several states in India on the instruction of Yusuf,” the police told the court.
They added that Sayyed would now be taken to Muzaffarnagar, Agra and Lucknow in connection with the investigation. The police have said that four other arrested co-accused had said during interrogation that they came in contact with Yusuf through Facebook and other chat platforms and he had motivated them to propagate violent ‘jihad’ in India.

“Yusuf tasked them to cause a blast in a train going to Hardwar or during Ardh Kumbh Mela there. For this purpose, the accused collected explosive material, received money to procure explosive materials, purchased SIM cards and mobiles and conducted recce in Haridwar,” the police said. The court sent the accused to police custody till February 20. The other co-accused — Akhlakur Rehman, Mohd Osama, Mohd Azeemushan and Mohd Mehraz were also produced in court and remanded in judicial custody.

Meanwhile, five other accused — Maulana Mohd Abdul Rehman Kasmi, Abdul Sami, Mohd Asif, Zafar Masood and Syed Anzar Shah — were produced in court and the Special Cell of Delhi Police said they would be remanded in judicial custody as the probe was on. The accused will be in judicial custody till March 8.

Update: (6/2)

Youth arrested for suspected IS links

Mohsin Sayyed


The Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested a 28-year-old man from Mumbai with suspected Islamic State (IS) links. Mohsin Ibrahim Sayyed had allegedly provided financial help to the four Roorkee youths arrested by the Cell last month, the police said. The youths, also accused of having links with IS, were allegedly planning to carry out a terror attack during Ardh Kumbh in Haridwar.

It is alleged that Mohsin had met Akhlaq, one of the four arrested Roorkee boys, in Uttarakhand and handed over Rs. 50,000 to carry out the attack. While his formal arrest was documented at Kashmere Gate, ISBT, here in the early hours of Friday, it is learnt that Mohsin had been picked up by the Central intelligence agencies for questioning soon after the National Investigation Agency’s pan-India swoop, which led to the arrest of 14 radicalised IS sympathisers last month.

Mohsin had received some money from Muttabir Mustaq Sheikh from Thane, the self-proclaimed Indian ‘Amir’ (Chief) Ansar ul Tawhid that has pledged allegiance to the IS group in India, said a senior police officer.

Terror Plan To Attack Haridwar Ardh Kumbh Mela Foiled, Four Detained

Indian intelligence agencies and Delhi Police’s special cell have busted a terror module of a global terror outfit. They have detained and arrested four operatives from north India. This is the second ISIS-linked cell to be arrested, the last being a Madhya Pradesh-based 5 man cell that had received instructions from Mohammed Shafi Armar, an Indian jihadist believed to be leading Indian fighters in the so-called Islamic State.

One person has been arrested and three of his associates detained by a team of Delhi Police’s Special Cell at Roorkee in Uttarakhand. The arrested and detained suspects have been identified as Akhlaq, Osama, Mohd Azim & Mohd Mahroz. They are likely to be produced before a court later.

The suspects are believed to have been planning an attack at the ongoing Ardh Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, a police source said. The Special Cell tracked down the suspects in a joint operation with a central intelligence agency and they are conducting search operations throughout Uttarakhand, the source said.
The detained suspects are also being questioned in connection with the recent terror attack at Punjab’s Pathankot as he is believed to have links with terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, the source said. Their link with Islamic State (ISIS) is also being probed.

Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage in which Hindus bathe in the sacred river of North India. According to The Hindu, police officials have refused to name the outfit involved but it is claimed that the arrested men were in contact with Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilad al Hind, which has pledged allegiance to the IS.

Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep refused to name the outfit. But sources confirmed that they were in touch with a Syria-based member of Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilad al-Hind (AuT), which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

"The suspects were tracked down with inputs from a central intelligence agency. They had planned attacks at Ardh Kumbh Mela, on trains bound for Haridwar, which is hosting the event, and at some strategic locations in the capital," Mr Deep said.

Akhlaq ur-Rehman, MOhammed Ajimussah, Mohammed Meraj alias Monu (all aged 20) and Osama Mohammed alias Adil (18) were in touch with a key member of AuT through social media and Voip technology.

They are residents of Manglour in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, and are pursuing undergraduate degrees.

"An FIR (First Information Report) was registered on the night of January 18. After detailed interrogation, they were brought to the capital on Wednesday morning," Mr. Deep said. They were produced before a local court which remanded them in police custody for 15 days. Sources told The Hindu that the arrested men planned to go to Chattisgarh for procuring raw materials for making explosives through an innovative methodology.

"The methodology they were planning to use involved turning the innocuous looking matchsticks into lethal bombs which they planned to plant on trains or at the venue of the Ardh Kumbh Mela. We are interrogating them to find out more about this," said a police source.

Charges false, says brother

Speaking to The Hindu on the phone from Haridwar, Akhlaq's brother Kamrul Hasan said his brother was innocent. He dismissed claims that Akhlaq was in touch with those based in Syria.

In August, Sultan Armar had appeared online in a video released by the breakaway Indian Mujahideen faction, Tawhid-ul-Ansar, calling on Muslims to join it at training camps in the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands. Later, Indian jihadists in Tawhid al-Ansar made their way to Syria, where they formed a group called Ansar-ul-Tawhid fil’Bilad al-Sham. Late last year, several Rajasthan men were arrested for planning acts of terror, allegedly after being recruited online by the slain Armar.

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