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.
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.