NEW DELHI : A court in Delhi today sentenced two men to seven years in jail after convicting them of conspiring to raise money and recruit people who are sympathisers of the terrorist group ISIS. This is the first case of conviction related to ISIS sympathisers in the country.
Sheikh Azhar-ul-Islam, 24, from Jammu and Kashmir and Mohammad Farhan, 25, from Maharashtra, were sentenced today by a district judge in a case investigated by the National Investigation Agency or NIA.
The conviction came a month after Islam and Farhan pleaded guilty to the charges. They had filed an application through their lawyer saying they “are remorseful of the acts alleged against them. There is no prior criminal record against them and they want to join the mainstream and want to be productive for the society and want to rehabilitate themselves.”
The two men, along with another Adnan Hassan had been arrested last year in January, after they were deported from Abu Dhabi. The NIA had alleged that they had made multiple trips to Dubai to recruit others. The agency had also recovered 25 electronic devices including laptops, mobile phones from the two men.
The NIA in its report had told court had told court that the accused had formed different online groups in order to invite “like-minded people” from different parts of the world to one platform.
The court order said, “They conspired against governments of different sovereigns including India by organising online meetings of like-minded people who shared views in support of ISIS. They also incited, instigated and motivated people to join ISIS.”
The NIA had alleged that in connivance with their associates they have raised and distributed funds to further the work of ISIS.
“They were trying to influence others by disseminating incriminating contents justifying and glorifying the terrorists acts of ISIS,” observed the court.
This order comes a day after four men were arrested for being ISIS sympathisers in a joint operation across states kike Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra and Delhi, and a case was registered by the Uttar Pradesh anti-terror police unit.