The special court for National Investigation Agency (NIA) remanded Mohsin Ibrahim Sayeed, one of the residents of Malwani who had left home to join Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) last year, in police custody for eight days (until June 23), on Thursday.
This was after the NIA told the court that they need to retrieve his chat records.
Sayeed was produced before the city court after the NIA arrested him in connection with the case of missing Malwani youngsters who joined ISIS. The agency sought for his custody for ten days pleading that Sayeed was in touch with the boys and his handlers in Syria through social media and they need to retrieve all the conversations.
In the remand application, the NIA alleged that Mohsin has been involved in instigating Muslim youth in Malwani on the instructions of a handler in Syria and also provided logistics support to Khalid Ahmed Ali Nawazuddin alias Rizwan, believed to be the second –in-command of the India wing of the ISIS.
“Mohsin had visited Harihar, Hubli in Karnataka, Hydrabad in Andhra Pradesh and Chennai in Tamil Nadu and took two people along with him with the intentions to make them join the jihadi organisation in India affiliated to ISIS,” reads the remand application.
The advocate for Sayeed, Sharif Shaikh, objected to the application stating that the accused has been interrogated by the Delhi police who arrested him first and there is no need for his further interrogation.
Special judge VV Patil however, allowed the plea of NIA observing, “It is alleged against the present accused that he was instigating youngsters to join the ISIS through social media. In my view, a detailed investigation in such a crime is necessary to unearth the truth.”
Sayeed, along with two others from Malwani - Noor Mohammad, a carpenter, and Wajid Shaikh, son of a vegetable shop owner - had gone missing on December 15 last year. The three had decided to join ISIS after 23-year-old Ayaz Sultan went missing on October 30 last year. The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had claimed that Sultan had escaped to Afghanistan, and then to Syria.
The Delhi police, who had arrested Sayeed in February this year, said the ISIS India chief had asked Shaikh to steal military vehicles that could be used to carry out attacks on military installations.