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NIA chargesheets duo in terror funding case

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‘Quran Circle’ allegedly funded radicalised Muslim youths’ trips to Syria to join ISIS

BENGALURU:

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a chargesheet against two alleged ISIS sympathisers, Ahamed Abdul Cader and Irfan Nasir, under sections 120B and 125 of the IPC and sections 17, 18 and 18B of the UA(P)Act in the NIA special court in Bengaluru.

As per an NIA press release, both the accused were part of a terrorist group which identified impressionable Muslim youths from Karnataka, radicalised them and funded their visit to Syria.

Doctor was sent to Syria

The NIA had registered a case on September 19, 2020 after interrogating Dr Abdur Rahman (in RC-11/2020/NIA/DLI Islamic State-Khorasan Province case), who was sent to Syria to join ISIS in 2013-14 by the accused.

Investigations revealed that Ahamed Abdul Cader, Irfan Nasir and some others who are members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir (an international pan-Islamist and fundamentalist organization) had formed a group called ‘Quran Circle’ to further their ISIS-related activities.

Based on the forensic examination of seized digital devices and analysis of funds raised and provided by members of the ‘Quran Circle’, the roles of various accused/suspects located abroad and in India have emerged.

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