The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Saturday arrested a man from Batla House on charges of being an alleged active member of the Islamic State (IS). The accused has been identified as Mohsin Ahmad, a resident of Bihar’s Patna.
Ahmad was arrested after searches were conducted at his premises and elsewhere Saturday in a case pertaining to “online and on-ground activities of the ISIS” registered by the agency on June 25.
“Accused Mohsin Ahmad is a radicalised and active member of ISIS. He has been arrested for his involvement in collection of funds for ISIS from sympathisers in India as well as abroad. He was sending these funds to Syria and other places in the form of cryptocurrency in order to further the activities of ISIS,” the NIA claimed in a statement Sunday.
Last Sunday, the agency conducted searches at 13 locations across six states in the case. “NIA conducted searches at 13 premises of suspects in six states viz. Bhopal and Raisen districts in Madhya Pradesh; Bharuch, Surat, Navsari and Ahmedabad districts in Gujarat; Araria district in Bihar; Bhatkal and Tumkur City districts in Karnataka; Kolhapur and Nanded districts in Maharashtra; and Deoband district in Uttar Pradesh in the case pertaining to activities of ISIS,” the NIA had said in a statement then.
The agency had said searches conducted had led to the seizure of “incriminating documents/ material”.
On the same day, the NIA had also conducted searches in Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala in the case pertaining to the arrest of one Sathik Batcha, who was arrested in February along with four others in Tamil Nadu.
According to the NIA, the accused had allegedly hatched a conspiracy for threatening the general public and police officials and also attempted to allegedly murder police personnel during checking of their Scorpio car when they were intercepted on February 21, 2022.
“The accused persons were also involved in inciting hatred for secession of a part of India and had intended to disrupt sovereignty and territorial integrity of India by forming outfits like ‘Khilafah Party of India’, ‘Khilafah Front of India’, ‘Intellectual Students of India (ISI)’ and associating themselves with the proscribed terrorist organisations ISIS/Daesh and Al Qaeda,” the NIA had claimed in a statement.
The case was earlier registered by Tamil Nadu Police and later taken over by the NIA this year. Searches led to the seizure of digital devices and incriminating documents, the NIA statement said.