The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested three members allegedly affiliated with banned organization ISIS in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday (July 12).
The agency said that the three namely Umar Nisar, Tanveer Ahmad Bhat, and Rameez Ahmad Lone were involved during a conspiracy of ISIS to “radicalize and recruit impressionable youth in India to wage violent jihad against the Indian State”.
“ISIS terrorists operating from various conflict zones alongside ISIS cadres in India, by assuming pseudo- online identities, have created a network wherein ISIS-related propaganda material is disseminated for radicalizing and recruiting members to the fold of ISIS,” NIA said during a statement.
“In this connection, an India-Centric online propaganda magazine ‘the Voice of Hind’ (VOH) is published on monthly basis with an aim to incite and radicalize impressionable youth,” the agency added.
The NIA said they recovered an outsized number of incriminating documents, multiple digital devices, and T-shirts with the ISIS logos while searching the premises of the arrested persons.
“Preliminary examination of the seized material and examination of the accused persons revealed that they’re active cadres of ISIS and are using cyberspace to propagate inciting material by the web magazine (VOH),” it said.