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Rajkot lawyers refuse to defend brothers arrested for ISIS links

By the time their father Aarif Ramadiya could manage to bring a lawyer from Jamnagar city, located 100 km from Rajkot, the court remanded them in 12-day police custody on Monday.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2017 18:36 IST
HT Correspondent
ATS personnel take one of the brothers, accused of having Islamic State links, into custody.
ATS personnel take one of the brothers, accused of having Islamic State links, into custody. (HT Photo)

As the Gujarat’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) sought the custody of Ramadiya brothers arrested for their alleged links with ISIS, the duo was left to argue the case in a Rajkot court on their own after lawyers in the city refused to defend them.

The situation arose after the Rajkot Bar Association refused to take up the case as it passed a resolution hailing the work of security agencies in foiling their terror plan. By the time their father Aarif Ramadiya could manage to bring a lawyer from Jamnagar city, located 100 km from Rajkot, the court remanded them in 12-day police custody on Monday.

“The Rajkot Bar Association unanimously passed a resolution that no lawyer will represent the brothers,” said association president Sanjay Vyas.

Meanwhile, an NIA team is expected to come to interrogate Wasim and Naem Ramadiya in this first ISIS related case from Gujarat.

The Ramadiyas were arrested in the wee hours of Sunday by the ATS, which claimed to have followed the brothers for two years on social media. They were allegedly in contact with a handler from ISIS, who was preparing them for a terror attack on a local religious place. The two, from whom the police recovered gun powder, jehadi literature and masks, had zeroed in on famous Chotila temple in Surendranagar district. 

They had planned to flee to Syria to join ISIS after executing the temple attack, police said. The ATS also has a recorded conversation wherein a handler is heard instructing Wasim to “kill a kafir” in a lone wolf attack to spread terror, they added.  

While the ATS is trying to investigate a possible funding angle from the terror group, so far it has been revealed that the brothers thrice failed to execute their terror plan. “Wasim had once reached Chotila for a knife attack, but he failed. His wife had allegedly called him impotent for the same,” said an officer.

Investigators said that Wasim had also unsuccessfully tried to set a shop on fire in Rajkot while Naem failed in setting a car ablaze in Bhavnagar.

Wasim was picked from his home in Nehrunagar in Rajkot and Naem from Bhavnagar city. Wasim is said to hold a master’s degree in computer application. Naem has a bachelor’s degree in computer application. Their father Aarif serves as empire in domestic cricket.