Published On: Tue, Jan 12th, 2021

NIA chargesheets Bengaluru doctor in ISKP case

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday filed a chargesheet against a Bengaluru-based doctor identified as Abdur Rahman aka Dr Brave in connection with a probe into the Islamic State-Khorasan Province (ISKP) module case.

Of the 21 people, 17 are from Kasargode district in the northern tip of Kerala

Rahman was arrested by the NIA in August 2020 from Bengaluru

The Central agency has alleged that the doctor got radicalised and travelled to Syria in 2013. Following his return, he had achieved significant progress towards developing a medical application for treatment of terrorists as well as a laser guided anti-tank missile application for controlling the trajectory of the missiles using a pulse receiver and pulse transmitter for enhancing their effectiveness for furthering the cause of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

An NIA Spokesperson in the national capital said it had filed a chargesheet in the Special NIA Court here under several sections of the IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against the Bengaluru doctor.

Twenty eight-year-old Abdur Rahman, who is a resident of Karnataka’s Bengaluru, has been chargesheeted for furthering the ideology and activities of proscribed terrorist organisation ISIS/ISKP in connivance with co-accused Jahanzaib Sami and others for committing subversive or anti-national activities in India.

Earlier, in September 2020, the NIA filed a charge sheet against Jahanzaib Sami Wani and his wife Hina Bashir Beigh (both residents of Jammu and Kashmir and currently residing in Delhi’s Okhla area), Abdullah Basith of Hyderabad, Sadiya Anwar Shaikh, and Nabeel Siddick Khatri, both residents of Pune.

Abdullah Basith is already lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail in connection with another IS Abu Dhabi module case of the NIA.

A case was initially registered by Delhi Police Special Cell in March 2020 after the arrest of Wani and his wife from Okhla Vihar in Jamia Nagar area in New Delhi for having links with the ISKP. The NIA took over the probe in March 20, 2020.

Rahman was arrested by the NIA in August 2020 from Bengaluru.

The official said during further investigation it was found that Rahman as an MBBS student at the Bangalore Medical College got radicalised and listened to the online lectures of hard line Islamic preachers, including ‘Anwar Awlaki’.

“Subsequently, he came into contact with other radicalised youth and travelled to Syria in December 2013 and participated in various terrorist activities of the ISIS,” the official added.

The official pointed out that after his return to India, he continued to remain associated with the ideology of the ISIS.

“Utilising his knowledge of ophthalmic lasers and medical science, he made efforts to develop applications for medical and military requirements of the ISIS. Till recently he was in regular communication with ISIS terrorists located abroad as well as in India, including Jahanzaib Sami on ‘Threema’, a secure messaging platform,” the official said.

In its earlier chargesheet against five people, the NIA had alleged that they were conspiring to utilise the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests to instigate Muslims against the Indian government by coining seditious slogans and inscribing graffiti at public places and highlighting the same on social and international media.

The NIA also alleged that they were provoking some gullible youth to participate in anti-CAA protests actively.

“In case these protests failed to provoke the Muslims, they were planning to carry out arson attacks on government buildings and public property so that riots could happen and they could exploit the sentiments of the Muslims,” the NIA official added.

“During the probe it was found that Jahanzaib, Beigh, Basith and Siddick tried to make an improvised IED and were planning to carry out mass killings in crowded places to further the activities of ISIS/ISKP in India,” the NIA official had said earlier.

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