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NIA conducts raids at various locations, arrests 3 ISIS terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir

The searches also resulted in recovery of many digital devices, including mobiles, pen drives, data storage devices and other incriminating materials, the officials said.

NIA conducts raids at various locations, arrests 3 ISIS terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir-dnm
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Srinagar, First Published Oct 11, 2021, 11:34 AM IST
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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids in Jammu and Kashmir and arrested three Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) operatives over their alleged association with the banned militant group.

During the searches at eight locations in Srinagar and Anantnag districts, three individuals -- Tawheed Latief, Suhail Ahmad and Afshan Parvez were arrested.

The searches also resulted in recovery of many digital devices, including mobiles, pen drives, data storage devices and other incriminating materials, the officials said.  

The NIA said it had received information that ISIS hatched a conspiracy to recruit and radicalise young Muslims in India in order to wage violent jihad against the Indian state.

"NIA had received information that proscribed terrorist organization ISIS has hatched a conspiracy to radicalize and recruit impressionable Muslim youth in India to wage violent Jihad against the Indian state and in order to execute its nefarious plan an organized campaign has been launched over the cyberspace which is supplemented by on-ground terror financing activities," the agency said in a statement.

"ISIS terrorists operating from various conflict zones along with ISIS cadres in India, by assuming pseudo-online identities, have created a network wherein ISIS-related propaganda material is disseminated for radicalizing and recruiting members into ISIS fold," the statement read further.

Initially, the case was registered by J&K Police in Jammu on June 27, 2021, after recovery of an IED from a LeT terrorist, which was later taken over by the NIA on July 19, 2021. Earlier, three LeT terrorists were arrested in this case.

According to NIA, the arrested accused were associated with Pakistan and Afghanistan based foreign ISIS operatives and certain other associates of arrested accused based in Kashmir are involved in on-ground and online activities of ISIS, including in content creation and translation of India centric ISIS propaganda magazine 'Voice of Hind'.

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