Terror plot foiled: ATS nabs suspected ISIS operative in Azamgarh
The accused was propagating ISIS ideology through different social media platforms. He also created a telegram channel to brainwash Muslim youths to rope them in for his terror operations, say officials
LUCKNOW Ahead of Independence Day, the UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Tuesday claimed to have foiled a terror plot to target Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers, after the arrest of an alleged ISIS operative, Sabauddin Azmi, from UP’s Azamgarh district.
An illegal firearm and raw materials, apparently to prepare a bomb, were recovered from him, said ATS officials. The accused was booked under IPC sections 121-A (waging war against the country), 122 (collecting arms with intention to wage war against the country), 123 (concealing existence of a design to wage war against the country) and sections 13 and 18 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and 3/25 Arms act for possession of illegal firearms, stated Naveen Arora, ADG, ATS.
Sharing a press note, ATS officials claimed that Sabauddin Azmi was in touch with ISIS recruiters Abu Umar and Abu Bakar Al-Shami through phone and instant messaging applications. They said the accused had been propagating ISIS ideology through different social media platforms and he also created a telegram channel Al-Saqr Media to brainwash young Muslim youths and rope them in for his terror operations.
The ATS ADG said the accused created a fake e-mail ID and Facebook account using RSS name to target RSS volunteers.
The accused was tracked and arrested while developing an intelligence input through a person in Amilo village of Azamgarh for propagating ISIS ideology, said Arora.
He said Sabauddin Azmi was arrested and brought to ATS headquarters in Lucknow for interrogation, during which he revealed that he first came in touch with one Bilal through Facebook and gave him the contact number of Musa alias Kanab Kashmiri, an ISIS member.
The ADG said the accused later came in touch with two ISIS recruiters –
Abu Bakar Al-Shami (currently in Syria) and Abu Muar (based in Africa’s Islamic country Mauritania). The accused had been brainwashed by the ISIS recruiters, who in turn, were using him to brainwash other youngsters to become a part of their fight to avenge “injustice to Muslims in Kashmir and other parts of the country.” He said the intention of the accused was to create an ISIS-like organisation and to establish Islamic rule in India.
Arora said Abu Bakar Al-Shami gave him the concept of preparing an ISIS-like organisation in India and also helped him learn to prepare IEDs and bombs through online videos.