NIA gets custody of ‘active ISIS member’ till August 16

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has got custody of an alleged ISIS operative Mohsin Ahmed till August 16, a day after he was picked up after a nation-wide probe into the terror outfit’s network in India.

The agency has alleged that Ahmed was involved in gathering funds from India and abroad for ISIS commanders based in Syria and had been successfully evading attention till now by using technology to cover his tracks. The operative is alleged to have used cryptocurrency to raise and transfer funds for the terror organisation.

The NIA arrested Ahmed from Batla House in the national capital on Saturday and described him as a radicalised and active member of the ISIS. He was allegedly involved in online and on ground activities of the banned organisation. He was produced before the NIA court in Patiala House on Monday that granted remand to the agency for further investigation.

On July 31, the agency conducted a nation-wide crackdown on suspected ISIS (Islamic State) modules, with raids across six states. Investigations into the activities of the banned group were conducted after a case was registered suo moto by the agency in June.

The massive operation was carried out at 13 premises across the states, with searches conducted in Bhopal and Raisen in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar’s Arariya district and Kolhapur and Nanded districts of Maharashtra.

The agency also raided the hotbeds of terror activities like Bhatkal in Karnataka and Deoband in Uttar Pradesh. The biggest crackdown seems to have been on the dispersed modules in Gujarat, with four locations — Bharuch, Surat, Navsari and Ahmedabad — being searched by the NIA.

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