IS recruit Areeb Majeed tried to sneak into India: Chargesheet

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 21, 2015 12:30 IST

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday filed an 8,500 page charge sheet against arrested ISIS recruit Areeb Majeed for joining a banned organisation and waging a war against an Asiatic power in alliance with the Government of India.

Majeed has been chargesheeted under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Section 125 of the IPC.

The NIA alleged that Majeed was arrested while trying to sneak into India through Turkey.

It claimed that between August and October 2014, Majeed was involved in several attacks perpetrated by the ISIS, and had sustained bullet injures on two occasions and was seriously injured in a bombing. He then started to plan his return to India via Turkey.

On November 24, he approached the Indian embassy in Turkey, claiming he had lost his passport. He boarded a flight to ‘sneak into’ India, but was arrested form the airport, the agency claimed.

According to the charge sheet, Majeed had been watching videos of the terror organisation since January 2014 and had contacted people from the group through the social media.

The agency alleged that Majeed came in contact with Fahad Shaikh, who ran the Twitter handle @magnetgas to propagate about the Islamic State.

Fahad, Majeed, Shaheem Tanki and Aman Tandel formed a group and would meet frequently. They planned to join the ISIS and went to Iraq through a tour, for which they paid Rs2,37,500, the agency said, adding that they went to the shrine of Abdul Qadir Jilani. There they contacted two people Rehman Daulati, an Afghan national, and Abu Fatima, an Iraq national.

According to the charge sheet, the four were taken to the ISIS’s Jazira camp on Fatima’s instructions.

At the camp, they were given new names — Abu Ali Al Hindi for Majeed, Abu Utman al Hindi for Shaheem, Abu Bakar Al Hindi for Fahad and Abu Umar Al Hindi for Aman. They were also trained to use advance arms and ammunition, the charge sheet claimed.

The charge sheet contains statements of 113 witnesses and 87 documentary evidences.

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