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Al Qaeda men refuse to give voice samples to Delhi police in terror case

New Delhi: Two suspected operatives of Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), arrested for allegedly radicalising youths and propagating the terror agenda of the output, have refused to give their voice samples to the police saying there was no law to compel them to do so.

Mohammed Asif and Mohd Abdul Rehman made the submission in their reply filed before Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh.

Advocate M S Khan, appearing for the accused persons, told the court that “there is no provision in law to compel the accused to give voice sample. Neither can the court direct the accused for the same”.

The accused, along with others, were arrested between December 2015 and January 2016 from different parts of the country.

Special Cell of Delhi Police have charged 17 accused for alleged offences under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

They have been chargesheeted for alleged offences under sections 18 (punishment for conspiracy), 18-B (punishment for recruiting of any person or persons for terrorist act) and 20 (punishment for being member of terrorist gang or organisation) of the UAPA.

The probe agency has alleged that a terror outfit was trying to set up its base in India under the banner of AQIS and some youths from districts of western Uttar Pradesh had already left India and joined its cadre in Pakistan.

It had claimed that one of the modules of the outfit was active in Sambhal district in Uttar Pradesh.

It alleged that the accused were in touch with terrorists from Pakistan, Iran and Turkey via social media and mobile phones, and they had visited these countries, financed AQIS and motivated the youths for ‘jihad’.

The FIR in the present case was registered after the arrest of Asif on December 14 last year.