The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed charge sheet against a Kashmiri youth and two others who were deported from the UAE for their alleged links with ISIS in February this year.
Azhar, 22, son of Abdus Sattar Sheikh of Prang Kangan in Ganderbal district, along with Adnan Hussain of Karnataka and Muhammad Farhan of Maharashtra, were arrested by the NIA from Delhi Airport after they arrived from the UAE.
Azhar is the first youth from Kashmir who has been booked by the NIA for alleged links with the ISIS. Soon after the arrest NIA had claimed that Azhar along with two others were held for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to "identify, motivate and radicalize youth and train Indian citizens, both in India and other friendly countries, to join the ISIS."
According to the charge sheet; various chats, posts, videos, images and comments on various social network sites including Facebook, WhatsApp, Kik, VKontakte and Twitter have been recorded as evidences.
The charge sheet mentions that Facebook, WhatsApp and other social networking sites were shared and circulated in groups and channels on various social networking sites in 2014-15. "It was found that the trio was in regular contact with the ISIS operatives from various countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Serbia, Sudan, Srilanka, Saudi Arabia, UAE and United Kingdom," says the charge sheet.
It adds that the trio was actively involved in receiving, collecting and distributing funds. "This was used to fund potential terror recruits who were keen to head to Syria to fight Jihad for ISIS," said the charge sheet adding that all three accused were also in close contact with main recruiter of ISIS in India and one of NIA's most-wanted man Shafi Armar, whose name has emerged in almost every single terror case where ISIS is involved.
However, Azhar's family says he is innocent. "He has nothing to with all this," Azhar's brother Zubair Ahmad had told Greater Kashmir soon after his arrest. Zubair said his brother got a job in a hotel and left for UAE on June 1, 2015.