A Jamia Millia Islamia student has been arrested for alleged links to Islamic State, the National Investigation Agency said on Sunday.
The accused, Mohsin Ahmad, 22, is an active member of the terror group and was raising funds from supporters in India and abroad, the agency said. It was sending collected funds to Syria and elsewhere via cryptocurrency, the agency said.
Ahmad, originally from Patna, lived in the Batla House area of Delhi. He is enrolled in the second year of the electrical engineering course at Jamia, people familiar with the matter said.
“The NIA conducted a search of the residential premises of the accused Mohsin Ahmad and subsequently arrested him in the case relating to the online and on the ground activities of the Islamic State,” the central agency said in a statement. a statement.
“Ahmad is a radicalized and active member of the Islamic State. He was arrested for his involvement in raising funds for the Islamic State from sympathizers in India as well as abroad. He was sending these funds to Syria and elsewhere in the form of cryptocurrency in order to continue ISIS activities,” the statement said.
Further investigations into the matter are ongoing, the NIA said.
Calling the arrest “unconstitutional”, Amanatullah Khan, an MP for the Aam Aadmi party, denounced the Bharatiya Janata party. “The arrest of Jamia student Mohsin by the NIA is completely wrong and unconstitutional. The BJP and the RSS have found a new way to slander and harass Muslims in the name of IS; Mohsin is innocent and has no connection with any anti-social element. Mohsin should be released soon,” he tweeted.
Earlier, on July 31, the agency carried out searches in 13 locations in six states – Bhopal and Raisen in Madhya Pradesh; Bharuch, Surat, Navsari and Ahmedabad in Gujarat; Araria in Bihar; Bhatkal and Tumkur City in Karnataka; Kolhapur and Nanded in Maharashtra; and Deoband in Uttar Pradesh.
A case in this IS module was recorded on June 25.
In the past year, the agency has issued two appeals to the public to report any propaganda or radicalization on social media platforms by members of the Islamic State.
On September 17, 2021, a statement from the NIA said: “The NIA investigation has revealed that ISIS (Islamic State) is trying to expand its tentacles in India through continued online propaganda. Gullible youths are targeted on open social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Once a person shows interest, they are then enticed to communicate with overseas-based online managers using encrypted social media platforms. Depending on the credulity of the person, managers then use it to download online content, translate ISIS texts into the local language, conspiracy, prepare a module, collect weapons and ammunition, prepare IEDs, financing of terrorism and even attacks. ”
“A call is made for any activity of this type observed on the Internet to be brought to the attention of the authorities. The NIA can be contacted on 011-24368800,” he added.