The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday conducted searches at 16 places in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with two cases – ‘ISIS-Voice of Hind’ case and ‘Bathindi IED recovery’ case.
The counter-terrorism agency, with the help of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Jammu and Kashmir Police, conducted a search operation in various districts of the Union Territory.
The NIA had conducted raids at two places in Bhatkal, Karnataka and arrested Jufri Jawahar Damudi, the main accused in the ‘ISIS-Voice of Hind’ case.
The case was registered on June 29 this year in connection with the conspiracy of banned terrorist organization ISIS to radicalize and recruit influential Muslim youth in India to wage violent jihad against India.
The NIA said that ISIS cadres in India as well as ISIS terrorists operating from various conflict zones have created a network assuming pseudo online identities in which propaganda material related to ISIS is circulated to radicalize and recruit members into the fold of ISIS. goes.
The NIA had conducted multiple searches in the same case on July 11 this year in Jammu and Kashmir and arrested three accused – Umar Nisar, Tanveer Ahmed Bhat and Rameez Ahmed Lone, all residents of Achabal area of Anantnag district.
A cyber unit ‘Abu Hazir al-Badri’, a key operative of ISIS, involved in translating ‘Voice of Hind’ into South Indian languages and its further dissemination, was identified as Jufri Jawahar Damudi, and this Arrested on 6 August. Joint operation of NIA and Karnataka Police.
The agency said cyber IDs were also used to radicalize and recruit people.
The agency said, “Jufri Jauhar is the younger brother of Adnan Hassan Damudi, who was arrested in 2016 for ISIS-related activities and is currently under house arrest in a separate NIA case.”
Jufri Jawahar Damudi was in touch with the ISIS leadership, currently operating out of the Afghanistan-Pakistan (Af-Pak) region, who provided him with propaganda material and instructions for its dissemination.
“For this purpose, Jufri had created several pseudonymous IDs on an encrypted chat platform and was also a member of various online propaganda channels of ISIS,” the agency said.
During earlier searches in the ‘ISIS-Voice of Hind’ case, the NIA claimed to have seized a large number of digital devices like mobile phones, hard disks, SD cards etc.
However, the second case in which the NIA is conducting raids pertains to the Bathindi IED seizure in which the agency conducted searches at eight locations in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag, Baramulla, Kulgam, Srinagar, Doda and Kishtwar on September 21 this year. district
A case was registered at Bahu Fort in Jammu on June 27 this year in connection with the seizure of five kg IED from a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist in Bathindi area of Jammu.
The purpose of Lashkar’s conspiracy was to carry out blasts using IEDs in Jammu. The NIA had registered the case again on July 19 and had earlier arrested three persons in the case.
The investigation revealed that the Pakistan-based handlers of the banned terrorist organization Lashkar and their associates in JK were planning terrorist activities in the Union Territory using ‘The Resistance Front’, a branch of Lashkar, in order to deny the plausible be maintained. .