National Investigation Agency (NIA)

SRINAGAR — The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday said that it arrested three ISIS cadres in a case related to ISIS Voice of Hind (VOH) from south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

As per statement issued here, the NIA arrested three ISIS cadres in ISIS Voice of Hind (VOH) case yesterday from Anantnag district.

It said that NIA arrested three accused persons namely Umar Nisar son of Nisar Ahmed Bhat, Tanveer Ahmad Bhat son of Gull Mohammad Bhat and Rameez Ahmad Lone son of Javid Ahmad Lone – all residents of Anantnag.

It said that the case was registered by NIA on 29.06.2021 under Sections 124A, 153A, & 153B of IPC and Sections 17, 18, 18B, 38, 39 & 40 of UA(P) Act 1967 in connection with the conspiracy of the proscribed militant organization ISIS to radicalize and recruit impressionable youth in India to wage violent jihad against the Indian State.

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“ISIS militants 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 to the fold of ISIS. In this connection, an India-centric online propaganda magazine ‘The Voice of Hind (VOH)’ is published on monthly basis with an aim to incite and radicalize impressionable youth,” it reads.

It reads that NIA had earlier conducted searches at the premises of the arrested accused and recovered large number of incriminating documents, multiple digital devices and T-shirts with ISIS logo.

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“Preliminary examination of the seized material and examination of the accused persons revealed that they are active cadres of ISIS and have been using the cyberspace to propagate inciting material by the online magazine (VOH),” it said.

It further reads that examination of the arrested accused led to searches today at two more locations in Anantnag district, in which a number of digital devices and other materials were seized. It said that further investigation in the case was going on.

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