<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special court here on Monday charged five suspected ISIS operatives of conspiring to carry out terror acts in the country. According to the chargesheet filed by the NIA, the suspects were planning to carry out operations during the Ardh Kumbh in Haridwar.Akhlakur Rehman, Mohd Azeemushan, Mohd Meraj, Mohd Osama and Mohsin Ibrahim Sayyed were charged for alleged offences committed under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and under Sections 17 (punishment for raising funds for terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy for terror act) and 20 (punishment for being member of terror group) of UAPA. The suspects plead not guilty and claimed trial that will commence on December 15. Though the five suspects are in judicial custody, Bhatkal man and former Indian Mujaheedin (IM) member, Shafi Armar, who was positively identified as Yusuf al Hindi, a key operative in the ISIS cadre, is currently absconding. IN this chargesheet, the NIA has charged Armar as being the main recruiter and motivator to set up Indian modules inspired by the Islamic State group (ISIS)This is the first time the NIA has been able to ascertain identity of Yusuf al-Hindi, who until now remained a shadowy figure behind his alias. The NIA has alleged that Armar radicalised the youths through various communication platforms like Twitter, Trillion, Surespot, Skype and Facebook. During the investigation it was revealed that Armar sent Rs.5,86,000 through hawala to Sheik. This money was distributed among active ISIS operatives here in the country.Armar also sent the alleged operatives, several links that contained information on how to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) from easily available material. Manuals like “Bomb Banane ka asan Tariqa (Easy way to make a bomb),” “Diwali wale Patakhaon ke Zariye (With the help of Diwali firecrackers),” “Table or Alarm watch se Timer Banana (How to make a timer using a table watch or alarm watch),” providing instructions on how to make bombs with the black residue of a matchstick head and other firecrackers that’s are usually burst during Diwali. Through the literature, the operatives also learnt how to use an ordinary light bulb as a detonator. Audio files containing “takrirs” – Hatred religious Preaching against Hindus of Maulana Masood Azhar, the chief commander of Jaish-eMohammad were also sent.The NIA recovered 65 grams of powder from the matchstick head mixed with sugar. In its report, the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), confirmed that the evidence collected was sufficient to make “explosive charges.”The six operatives mentioned above (except Armar), were arrested during various raids conducted by Special Cell of the Delhi Police early this year. They were allegedly plotting to target the Ardh Kumbh Mela that took place in Haridwar, Uttarakhand a few months ago. According to an order passed by the Home Ministry, the case was transferred to the NIA for further investigation.

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Charges framed against alleged ISIS suspects