An ISIS terrorist was arrested by Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Azamgarh’s Amilo on Tuesday for planning an IED blast on Independence Day,
Sabahuddin Azmi was arrested on Tuesday by the UP ATS for planning an IED blast on Independence Day, news agency ANI reported.
Naveen Arora, Additional Director General (ADG), Uttar Pradesh ATS, informed that the terror accused was booked under IPC sections 121-A (waging war against the country), 122 (collecting arms with an 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.
According to an official release, Sabahuddin Azmi alias Dilawar Khan alias Bairam Khan alias Azar, is a member of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM). He is a resident of the Amilo area of Azamgarh district.
Subauddin used to lure people to join it and also propagated about ISIS on social media platforms.
“We received information that a person in Mubarakpur of Azamgarh district, who is influenced by the ISIS ideology through his associates, is spreading the jihadi ideology through WhatsApp and other social media applications. He is also encouraging others to join the terrorist organization,” the statement reads.
The accused was brought to the ATS headquarters in Lucknow for interrogation, where, after questioning and scanning his mobile data, it came to the fore that he joined the Telegram channel “Al-Saqr Media” created by ISIS to brainwash Muslim youth for terror and violence.
During the interrogation, it was also revealed that Sabauddin connected on Facebook with a person named Bilal in 2018. Bilal used to talk to Sabauddin about jihad and the action being taken on the Mujahids in Kashmir. Bilal gave the number of Musa alias Khattab Kashmiri who is a member of ISIS, following which he came in touch with the terrorist group.
“In relation to the plan to avenge the atrocities on the Muslims in Kashmir, Musa gave the number of ISIS’s Abu Bakr al-Shami, who is currently in Syria. After coming in contact with Abu Bakr al-Shami through social media, Sabauddin learned about the retaliation of the action on Mujahideen, the formation of an Islamic organization in India like ISIS and also how to make IEDs,” it added.
According to the ATS, Shami told Sabauddin about the method and necessary material to make IEDs and he was contacted by ISIS recruiter Abu Umar, who is a resident of Mauritania.
ATS further said that Sabauddin received training of hand grenades, bombs and IEDs by Abu Umar through social media apps.
“Following this, the Mujahideen started working on the plan to establish Islamic State in India and to implement Islamic rule and Sharia law in India,” said the ATS.
Sabauddin was working on a plan to target the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) members for which the accused created a fake e-mail ID and Facebook account using the RSS name.
The ATS also recovered illegal weapons and cartridges along with materials used in making bombs from his possession.
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