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Is India planning to ban Iraqi terror outfit ISIS?

Last Updated: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 01:38
Is India planning to ban Iraqi terror outfit ISIS?
Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is likely to file a case against Iraqi terror group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and its chief Al-Baghdadi, sources said on Thursday. 

According to an English news channel, an FIR is likely to be filed under section 121A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for waging war against India.

The FIR is based on the United Nations' ban on the terror outfit. It it likely to be used to push for a ban on ISIS under Indian law, sources said. The NIA is currently preparing a dossier on ISIS activities in India.

Today's development came a day after an Indian Muslim engineering student Arif Majeed, one of the four youngsters from Kalyan town, outside Mumbai, who disappeared in the month of May, suspected of joining Sunni insurgents in Iraq, reportedly died in a bomb blast in Mosul. 

There have been sporadic reports of ISIS trying to recruit people of a specific community from different states of India such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala. The terrorist organisation Indian Mujahideen is reportedly working in close coordination to speed up recruiting. According to the NIA, the recruitment drive has been on for at least a year now. ISIS is currently fighting in Iraq and Syria but its idea is to influence more and more Indian Muslim youths, reports said.

Investigators say that the man behind the digital mask could be Indian Mujahideen's Sultan Abdul Kadir Armar, a resident of Bhatkal in Karnataka.

With recent arrests of Indian Mujahideen terrorists, Indian agencies were upbeat about their fight against terror but the worry now is that if Indians have indeed joined the ISIS, they might use the new techniques and weapons to carry out terror strikes in the country.

According to reports, around 15 more men were missing from Bhiwandi and Mumbra in the Thane district near Mumbai, indicating that more young men might have joined the Sunni militant group in Iraq.
Police and intelligence agencies suspect that the youths may have been enticed online or some chat rooms where a lot of propaganda material has been uploaded on the recent developments in Iraq.

First Published: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 00:30

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