Monday, January 17, 2022

NIA arrests two women operatives of ISIS

National Investigation Agency yesterday arrested two women operatives of the banned terror group ISIS.

Mizha Siddeeque and Shifa Harris, residents of district Kannur, in Kerala were held for alleged involvement in running various propaganda channels on social media platforms to propagate its violent ideology and radicalise and recruit new members.

The agency arrested them in connection with a suo motu case registered by the investigation agency under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in March over terrorist activities of Mohammed Ameen of Kerala and his associates.

Ameen and his associates were running various ISIS propaganda channels on different social media platforms such as Telegram, Hoop and Instagram.

They were propagating the violent ideology of ISIS and radicalising and recruiting new members for the ISIS module.

Mizha had travelled to Iran’s capital Tehran along with her associates to join the terror organization in Syria and on instructions of Ameen.

She had also created a page on Instagram to propagate, motivate, radicalise and recruit gullible Muslim youth for the terror group.

She also radicalised other accused in the case, including her cousins Anwar and Shifa and was motivating them to join the ISIS.

Shifa transferred funds to Mohammad Waqar Lone for supporting the group’s activities on the directions of Anwar and Mizha.

NIA said, Shifa was willing to perform religious migration Hijra to ISIS-controlled territory for joining the terror group.

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