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NIA seeks Home Ministry’s nod to file case against ISIS

Home Ministry is exploring the possibility of lodging case under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 23, 2014 1:57 am

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sought the permission of the Ministry of Home Affairs to file a case against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Following reports of Indian youths joining ISIS, the NIA is said to have suggested that an “open case” under provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the UN Convention on terrorism could be filed against ISIS for brainwashing youths into committing acts of terror.

“We are still deliberating the specific sections under which the case would be registered. The Home Ministry is to take a final call on it,” a senior NIA official said.

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Since the group has not committed any crime in India, the Home Ministry is exploring the possibility of registering the case under some preparatory sections, such as Section 18 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

The section states: “Whoever conspires or attempts to commit, or advocates, abets, advises or incites or knowingly facilitates the commission of a terrorist act or any act preparatory to the commission of a terrorist act, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than five years but which may extend to imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.”

Four men from Kalyan in Maharashtra had left to fight for the ISIS in June this year. One of them was reportedly killed while fighting for the group in Iraq. The US Central Intelligence Agency has said that ISIS, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has 50,000 cadre operating out of Iraq and Syria.

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  1. A
    Sep 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm
    Why are you broadcasting this to the press. You are an intelligence agency stop this Babugiri.You can open a case against a foreign eny any time you like. Whey will this Babudom end?
    1. Seshagiri Rao Devaguptapu
      Sep 22, 2014 at 11:09 pm
      That is a god beginning. They should also have a an ordinance to ban the guys from entering India back loose citizenship of India and let them stay with the ISIS. it is either civil society or terrorist society. They cannot have both. Also we should stop allowing people to go to Iraq till this issue of ISIS is settled. Issue an advisory to ban from going to Iraq.
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        Makarand H
        Sep 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm
        Wow, what a strong step by Indian govt! Mr. NIA, if you would have done this a few days before, US would not have to take trouble of making air strikes against ISIS. By the way, who will go to arrest Abu Bakr of ISIS to produce in a district court in India?
        1. R
          Sep 22, 2014 at 4:16 pm
          Hope this will not, for obvious reasons, turn out to be a cure that is worse than the disease
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            Outside indian
            Sep 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm
            Even though I am a Indian who live outside India, I do not understand why Indian who was born as a Hindu in that small continent of India who later their forefathers who have embraced a new religion which comes from Saudi Arabia which called Islam and now this sons of India fighting hand in hand with new group of terrorists who called them self as IS Islamic State and Al Qaeda fighters. And they called them self as Jihadists who is fighting for the freedom of Islam. Why don't this same Indian Muslim fight for their mother land India when they have conflict with terrorists stan in the West of India and cross border Chinese invaders or occupiers who have captured some part of Indian territories during the war in 1960's just after British left India in 1947.
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