Kerala: National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths have filed a charge sheet against seven men from Kerala in connection with the ISIS Wandoor case on Friday.

According to a press release from the agency, cases have been filed against Shaibu Nihar (39), Mansoor Nittoor Veettil (42), Fajid Hamsa (36) of Kozhikode district; Muhammad Mansoor (35), Mukhadis (31) of Malappuram district; Shahanand (31) of Kannur district, and Safeer Rahaman (39) of Ernakulam district. The NIA filed a charge-sheet under section 120B and 125 of IPC besides sections 38, 39 and 40 of the UA (P) Act.

Based on information received on November 6, 2017, Wandoor police station in Malappuram district, kerala filed a case against eight persons under sections 38 and 39 of UAP Act. The information revealed that the men while being in Bahrain had hatched a criminal conspiracy with one of the accused to join the proscribed terrorist organisation ISIS/Daesh.

NIA had taken over the investigation after re-registering the case on June 2018. “Investigation revealed that while being in Bahrain and India, seven persons travelled or attempted to travel to ISIS/Daesh-controlled territory in Syria. They planned to physically join the proscribed organisation and wage war on its behalf against Syria, an Asiatic power at peace with the Government of India. Accused persons had also collected funds to facilitate their travel to the so-called Islamic State in Syria,” said the press note.

In April 2018, the main accused, Shaibu Nihar, was arrested by NIA in this case and was deported from Qatar. Meanwhile, Interpol blue notices have been issued against the absconding accused, to facilitate their location and arrest. The international agency released the notification based on the non-bailable arrest warrants issued by the NIA Special Court as the name of the case is wandoor isis.

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