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Four suspected ISIS operatives sent to NIA custody till Feb 17

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Four suspected ISIS operatives, arrested from different parts of the country for allegedly recruiting and financing people to join the terror outfit, were today sent to NIA’s custody till February 17 by a Delhi court.

The four arrested accused — Mohammed Nafees Khan, Najmul Huda, Mudabbir Mushtaq Shaikh and Muhammed Abdul Ahad — were produced before the court where the NIA sought extension of their custody for seven more days alleging they were involved in the conspiracy along with their ISIS handlers.

According to the sources, during in-camera proceedings, National Investigation Agency (NIA) said that incriminating materials and US dollars, Saudi Riyals and Indian currency were recovered from the residential premises of Nafees.

Sources said that regarding Mudabbir, the NIA alleged that Rs 1,95,000 was recovered from his possession and during the interrogation, he disclosed that he had received Rs five lakh from a foreign-based source.

“He (Mudabbir) has utilised the remaining amount to enhance ISIS activities in India. In this regard, verification is required to be conducted in his presence,” NIA said in its remand application filed before District Judge Amar Nath.

“NIA has recovered voluminous incriminating electronic records from the mobile/laptops of the accused persons. It is essential to cross-check the version of accused in respect of incriminating electronic records recovered.

“They have disclosed many facts about their involvement in the instant case about recruiting and financing persons. The verification of the facts is under process,” it said.

Regarding electronic articles allegedly seized from the accused and their family members, the NIA said that they have been sent for forensic examination and they were analysing the mirror image of digital contents received by them.

Advocate M S Khan, who appeared for some of the accused, opposed the NIA’s plea saying his clients have already been interrogated at length by the agency.

The court, after hearing the submissions, remanded these four accused to five days NIA’s custody.

Besides them, seven other arrested accused were produced before the court after expiry of their NIA’s custody and the agency requested the court to sent them to judicial custody as the probe in the case was going on. The court remanded them to judicial custody.

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