Bhopal: Suspected Islamic State operative sent to 2-day transit remand

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 03, 2016 02:05 IST
NIA officials produce suspected Islamic State operative Azhar Iqbal (centre) at the district court in Bhopal on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

The suspected Islamic State operative arrested on Monday has been sent to a two-day transit remand of the National Investigation Agency(NIA) by a Bhopal court on Tuesday.

The alleged IS operative, Azhar Iqbal, 24, was arrested by NIA on Monday with the help of city crime branch officials from Teela Jamalpura area.

The suspect booked under section 18, 18(a), 38, 39 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and section 125 of Indian Penal Code, was presented in the court on Tuesday morning, which has sent him in transit remand under NIA till February 4.

The 3-membered NIA team will take the suspect to Delhi on Tuesday evening, where they will present him before Patiala House court. He was absconding in a case registered against him and 14 other IS suspects in Delhi for indulging in anti-national activities.

According to sources, the IS suspect is alleged to have links with IS regional wing, Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind (Army of Caliph of India) and was planning to carry out attacks across India. On Monday he was nabbed from his uncle’s house in a joint operation by NIA and city crime branch officials.

Originally a resident of Barkheda village, Obedullahganj, Raisen, Azhar was pursuing Islamic studies from Darul Uloom Deoband, Saharanpur. After knowing that a case has been registered against him and 14 other IS suspects in Delhi, he fled from there and came to his uncle’s place to hide from NIA. He was allegedly in constant touch with IS members in Syria through social networking platforms and chatting applications. The NIA had already nabbed the other 14 IS suspects and Azhar was the last one to be nabbed in the case registered, added the source.

“The NIA will take the suspect to Delhi in the evening, where they will interrogate him to know about his plans and other acquaintances. City crime branch officials is also assisting the NIA in the investigation”, said assistant superintendent of police, crime, Shailendra Chauhan.

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