Radicalizing ‘vulnerable’ youth: NIA files charge sheet against Srinagar duo

Srinagar, Mar 12: National Investigation Agency has filed a supplementary charge sheet against two Srinagar residents for allegedly being part of ISIS organization.

In a statement, the probe agency spokesperson said that NIA filed a supplementary charge sheet against two accused from Srinagar before the NIA Special Court, Patiala House, New Delhi.

He identified the accused as Afshan Parvaiz Jarabi and Tawheed Lateef Sofi.

The case against the accused had been registered in June last year with regard to the alleged conspiracy hatched by proscribed militant organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to radicalize and recruit vulnerable Muslim youth in India to wage violent jihad against the Indian state, the spokesperson said.

He said that in order to execute its nefarious plans, an organized campaign was launched over cyberspace supplemented by on-ground militant financing activities. The case was registered against cyber entity Qasim Khurasani and his associates.

The spokesperson said that earlier charge sheet was filed against four ISIS militants in this case on in the first month of the current year. Out of the two accused charge-sheeted today, Afshan Parvaiz is a ‘key’ ISIS operative and a close associate of charge-sheeted accused Umar Nisar. “He was also associated with AF-Pak based ISIS operatives and was actively involved recruitment for ISIS.”

The spokesperson said that after the arrest of Umar Nisar he was appointed as head of ISIS activities in India and was handling media as well as ground activities of ISIS. He was actively disseminating ISIS propaganda materials through various online platforms.

The spokesperson added that the other accused Tawheed Latief Sofi was also a close associate of previously charge-sheeted accused persons Umar Nisar and Jufri Jawhar Damudi.

“He was involved in content editing and poster creation for ISIS propaganda magazine, Voice of Hind and had also carried out recce of Hindu temples, Government buildings including police stations to carry out subversive acts.

The spokesperson said that further investigation in the case continues.