On Tuesday, a special Delhi court granted the National Investigative Agency (NIA) an additional 10 days’ custody of the three accused who were deported from the United Arab Emirates. The three accused – Sheikh Azhar ul Islam, Mohammed Farhan Shaikh and Adnan Hassan – are suspected of being active supporters of banned terror outfit Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The three accused who were brought to the trial court premises handcuffed and under a black hood were produced in front of District Judge Amar Nath.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During the hearing at a special court in the capital, the NIA declared that the accused were responsible for opening and handling at least 98 accounts on the popular social media platform — Facebook. According to the investigating agency, during the custodial interrogation, the suspects supposedly revealed that are “active supporters” of the Islamic State. They claimed that they were in “close contact with several members of the IS and confessed to a larger conspiracy” to identify, promote and recruit persons to further their ideology. They used social mediums like WhatsApp, Twitter, telegram, Skype among others.In its remand application, the NIA stated, “Many electronic gadgets, including laptops, tablets, mobile phones, SIMs, SD cards pen drives etc used by the accused to communicate have been seized from their possession.”The NIA had originally sought remand for 12 days to investigate the claims made by the accused. The application also stated that “Custodial interrogation of the accused during this period has resulted in the revelation of many facts which are pertinent to establish the inter-connection amongst these accused and their association with IS.”Advocate MS Khan who is representing the three accused objected to further custody of his clients stating that they have already been interrogated enough. “The police in Dubai had arrested my nephew for liking or commenting on objectionable material on Facebook. He has already spent six months in the prison there,” said a family member of the accused requesting anonymity.Family members present, brought fresh clothes for one of the accused. “Today my brother will speak to our grandmother for the first time since he has been brought back,” a brother of the accused said.Adnan, from Karnataka, Shaikh from Maharashtra and Azhar from Jammu Kashmir have been charged under the sections 120B of the Indian Penal Code, 18, 18-A and 18-N of the Unlawful Activists (Prevention) Act, 1967.
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