Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Yasmin Ahmed: Bihar woman tries to join Islamic State ISIS in Afghanistan

Name  : Yasmin Ahmed
Age     : 29 (as of August 2016)
Origin : Sitamarhi, Bihar
Status   : Divorcee

Bihar woman held for links with recruitment of Kerala youth for Islamic State

Published Aug 2, 2016, 5:56 pm IST

Kasaragod: A 29-year-old woman from Bihar, suspected to have links with the alleged recruitment of youths from Kerala to Islamic State (IS), is being questioned here by the state police after being taken into custody from New Delhi.

The woman, identified as Yasmin Ahmed (29), was arrested by a special team of Kerala police from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi when she was about to leave the country for Kabul on Sunday, police said.
She allegedly had close connections with Abdul Rashid, a native of Kasaragod, who is the prime suspect behind the 21 missing youths from the state.

She was brought here last evening and produced before a local court after detailed interrogation, a senior police official said. "We took her into custody from New Delhi and brought her here yesterday. She was charged under various sessions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). A court here later remanded her to judicial custody," Kanhangad Deputy Superintendent of Police Sunil Babu told PTI.
The woman is suspected to be the second wife of Rashid and is believed to have played a key role in the alleged recruitment of state youths to IS, the official added.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, referring to reports that some Keralites had joined IS, had informed the Assembly on July 11 that 21 persons were missing from the state. Among them, 17 were from Kasaragod and four from Palakkad as per preliminary information available, he had said.
As per media reports, these people had gone to Syria and Afghanistan and were in IS camps, he said.

Suspected IS recruit from Bihar is rich, computer literate

August 4, 2016  

The woman, who was held at the Delhi airport on Sunday, en route to Afghanistan from Patna, allegedly to join the Islamic State (IS), comes from the Sitamarhi district of Bihar and is computer literate with a good command over English, Hindi and Urdu. She also lived in Patna from 2009 to 2011.

Intelligence sources told The Hindu that Yasmeen Ahamed, alias Yasmin Mohammed Zahid alias Yasmin Sheikh, 28, is from the Muraul village in the Bajpatti block of the Sitamarhi district of north Bihar. She has a palatial house in the village with 25 rooms, but no one lives there and the house is locked. Intelligence officials searched the house on Wednesday but what they have recovered from there is not known.

Yasmin Ahmad was married to her cousin, Mohd. Sayed Ahmad Hussain alias Mohd. Chhotu, from the neighbouring village of Humayunpur, but the marriage ended in divorce after a year. She has a five-year-old son, Mohd. Yusuf. Her father, Mohd. Zahid, and her two brothers, Mohd. Imran and Mohd. Kasil, live in Saudi Arabia and undertake tailoring work there. Yasmin Ahmad, who has been living in Delhi for the last 20 years, often visited Saudi Arabia to meet her family members. She has also lived in Aligarh and Hyderabad.

Visit to ancestral home

A villager and her relative, Mohd. Sabir Ansari, told local journalists in Sitamarhi on Wednesday that Yasmin Ahmad had visited her ancestral home after five years in May, and stayed there for two weeks before returning to Delhi. Intelligence officials, however, said Yasmin had come to her village to get a passport for her son.

“Yasmin Ahmad was educated in Delhi and was good at her studies … she knows English, Hindi and Urdu languages … she is more of a religious mind … she also operates computers and always carries a tab[let] to be in touch with others on social media,” said an intelligence source. After her divorce from her first husband, Yasmin Ahmad went to Kerala from Delhi and started teaching English at the Peace International School, and it was there that she got in touch with a Science teacher, Abdul Rashid, who later joined the IS and now lives in Afghanistan as a kingpin of the IS recruitment drive, the source said.

It is also believed that Yasmin Ahmad was constantly in touch with Abdul Rashid through text messages. Abdul Rashid, the Kerala police had earlier said, is believed to be behind the disappearance of 21 youths from the State in May and June. Yasmin, too, was supposed to leave the country along with them, but she couldn’t do so as her travel documents were not ready.

IS link: Yasmin blames youth

KASARAGOD,August 5, 2016

Yasmin Ahmed has confessed that the latter had urged her to join him in the Afghanistan capital Kabul. The woman, who was brought here from Delhi and remanded in judicial custody under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, told the police that Rashid, a native of Udumbumthala locality near Thrikkarippur in the district, in an Internet message, had urged her to join him in Kabul to be part of the caliphate, a senior police official told The Hindu .

The woman, hailing from Bihar’s Mauroni village, was residing at a rented accommodation at Butla House, Jamia Nagar at Okhla in New Delhi. She kept in touch with Rashid even after he went missing from Kasaragod in June. Rashid and Yasmin developed friendship while they were working as faculty at Peace International School at Kottakkal two years ago, even though the woman was residing there with her husband and two-year-old son, the official said.

When the couple’s relationship soured, Rashid is said to have acted as a mediator to help them live together. However, Yasmin developed intimacy with Rashid after her husband deserted her, he said.
The police are seeking to get the woman in custody for three days from Friday to elicit information on the possible IS links of the missing persons from the district, he added.

Special Investigation Team to interrogate Yasmin Ahmed

KASARGOD: The district sessions court here on Friday granted the plea of the Special Investigation Team for the custody of Yasmin Ahammad, 29, who had allegedly colluded with the 17 youths who have joined the IS camps. Judge S. Manohar Kini allowed the SIT to interrogate her till August 8 and  gather evidence.  

Police say that she was to join Abdul Rashid Abdulla, the Thrikaripur native indoctrinator who is believed to be the mastermind of IS link. The woman would be brought to Thrikkarippur in Kasargod and Kottakkal in Malappuram, according to police. The SIT has confirmed that Yasmin had used the phone and debit card of Rashid after his missing.

Withdrawn money from ATM

“She had withdrawn money using the debit card in Delhi.  Yasmin played a big role in  the missing of the youths and their suspected joining IS. Most probably she had gone back to New Delhi a year ago entrusted with the task of facilitating the journey of all the 17 persons,” said a member of the SIT.

Yasmin in police custody

Yasmin Ahmed, 29, who was arrested on Monday for her association with Abdul Rashid Abdulla, one of the 17 persons missing from the district, was on Friday sent to police custody for three days. The police suspect that they might have fostered links with the Islamic State.

Yasmin was sent to police custody by the District Sessions Court here. She took her four-year-old son along with her. The police are hoping that her interrogation will provide a breakthrough in cases relating to the disappearance of 17 personsfrom Padanna and Thrikkarippur over the last two months, Kanhangad Deputy Superintendent of Police K.K. Sunil Babu, who is heading the investigating team, said.

Yasmin confessed that Rashid had sent Internet messages from Kabul.

Suspected woman recruit says 40 attended IS ‘terror classes’ in Kerala

August 8, 2016 

Thiruvananthapuram : An arrested Kabul-bound woman’s disclosure has prompted police surveillance on some 19 people in Kerala and neighbouring Karnataka, after she alleged they attended “jihadi classes” by a suspected Islamic State terrorist group recruiter.

Yasmin Ahmad, a 28-year-old schoolteacher in Kerala, told investigators that Abdul Rashid, a fugitive IS recruiter from Kerala who is now operating from Afghanistan, indoctrinated about 40 people.

“We have identified some of those who attended radicalization sessions conducted by Rashid in Thrikkaripur in north Kerala’s Kasargode. We are closely watching movements of some of them,” a source in the Kerala Police special investigation team (SIT) said.

Police have put the remaining 19-odd suspected recruits on their watch list. Investigators said some of the radicalized people from Rashid’s “terror class” might have backed out and decided to lie low as the disappearance of the 21 triggered a national outcry.

Yasmin too was supposed to leave the country along with the group of 21, but delayed travel documents for her four-year-old child held her back.
Born and brought up in Saudi Arabia where her parents were settled, she came to Kerala three years ago with husband Syed Ahmad after getting a job in Peace International School in Malappuram.

The woman met Rashid at the school, where he used to train teachers. Rashid soon befriended the couple, and a relationship grew between him and Yasmin after her husband fell out with her and left the country.
Yasmin is proficient in English, and has a religious bent of mind. As such she got immediately attracted towards Rashid’s ultra-radical teachings, investigators said.

Rashid read IS propaganda magazine 'Dabiq'

Rashid used to conduct the sessions in the guise of Quran classes, where he briefed the recruits about the IS. He regularly read the IS magazine, Dabiq, and used material from online propaganda to radicalise youth, an SIT source said. He went to Afghanistan later to become a lynchpin of the IS recruitment drive.

Yasmin, in the meantime, kept in touch with him through text messages. She was arrested after police intercepted her communication with Rashid.
“Yasmin is not cooperating with the investigation. She often argues that she hasn’t done anything wrong in the country and her aborted trip to Afghanistan was part of her religious duty,” the source said.

Intelligence agencies were probing the funding network of the terror group, as Rs 2 lakh was reportedly deposited in Yasmin’s account two weeks before her arrest. Also, a possible link with a Kuwaiti man, who paid for the trip of several IS-bound Indians last year, has been looked into.

Arib Majeed, an IS deserter currently in a Mumbai jail, has said that Kuwaiti businessman Abdullah Hadi was his handler and he funded his team’s trip to Iraq and Syria.
Kuwaiti police had arrested Hadi, and a National Investigation Agency team from India would soon leave for the west Asian country to question him.

The anti-terrorism agency, formed after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, will eventually take over from Kerala police the probe into the suspected IS activities in the southern state.

Clock ticking away for securing Yasmin's custody

KOCHI: The NIA will have to expedite the process for securing custody of a 28-year-old Yasmin from Bihar, who was nabbed while allegedly trying to flee the country, for further interrogation. Yasmin has been linked to one of the missing persons identified as Abdul Rashid from Kasargod and she is the only one arrested in the case till now. 

As per the norms, the investigation agency can seek the custody of the arrested only during the first remand period which is 30 days under the UAPA. With the first remand period of Yasmin set to be completed next week, the case has to be transferred to the NIA Court here and a petition seeking her custody should be filed without delay. As part of the procedure, the accused would be shifted to the city. According to the NIA officials, the procedures would be completed within the next few days.   “Even if the first remand period is over, we will interrogate her at the jail with the permission of the court. But we hope to complete the formalities within the next couple of days,” NIA officials claimed.

IS links: NIA examines quarters of Kannur jail officer

Wednesday 09 November 2016 10:12 PM IST

Kannur: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted examinations at the quarters of a woman officer of Kannur central jail here on Wednesday in connection with a case of alleged terror links.

NIA sleuths conducted the examinations after they found that the officer had links with Yasmin, one of the six men arrested from Kanakamala here for alleged links with terror outfit Islamic State. The NIA sleuths took into custody the officers' laptop and phone.

Kerala: Bail plea of Islamic State module-accused rejected

Kochi: The Ernakulam NIA special court on Monday dismissed the bail plea of Yasmeen Mahamed Zahid, an accused in the Kasargod IS module case. The NIA informed the court that Zahid was arrested from the New Delhi International Airport on July 30 last  when she was trying to leave for Kabul along with her minor child. She was planning to join her co-conspirator and the first accused Abdul Rashid in the territory under the control of IS in Afghanistan.
The NIA argued that the accused had committed a serious offence against the country. Zahid had participated in religious classes conducted by Abdul Rashid and his wife Ayisha in which the main topic was 'Hijra, 'Jihad' and ISIS. First accused Abdul Rashid used to send money to the account of Zahid and she used to collect the money using the ATM card. Using that fund Zahid arranged visa and air tickets for Kabul. The NIA court held that the allegation levelled against the petitioner was prima facie true and that she was not entitled for bail.

Kerala IS case: NIA Court sentences Yasmin Ahmed to 7 years rigorous imprisonment

Published: 24th March 2018 01:16 PM  (New Indian Express)

KOCHI: The NIA Court in Kochi, which delivered the verdict in the first Islamic State (IS)-related
case registered in Kerala, on Saturday awarded seven years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) to Bihari woman Yasmeen Mohammed Zahid, who attempted to migrate to IS-held territory in Afghanistan. The 30-year-old, a native of Muroul Village, Sitamarhi, was also handed a `25,000 fine."Considering the nature and circumstances of the case, the court doesn't find any reason to invoke Probation of Offenders Act. At the time of arrest, the son of the accused was with her and now he is in the custody of his father. However, considering the fact that accused is a lady aged about 30 years, a lenient view is taken," said NIA Judge S Santhosh Kumar.

Yasmeen was convicted under section 120 B of IPC for which RI for three years, and under section 125 of IPC, RI for seven years and `25,000 fine were awarded. Under section 38, 39, 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, RI for seven years each was granted to her. However, the sentence would run concurrently. Yasmeen was shifted to Viyyoor Central Prison on Saturday. NIA Prosecutor Arjun Amabalapatta said the IS has become a global phenomenon.

"The issues related to IS aren't just confined to Kerala or India. It has to be eliminated from the society for which maximum punishment should be granted," he submitted.  He also referred to a recent verdict by a court in Iraq which awarded death sentence to 16 women who had joined IS and were later arrested.


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