Last Update 22:8
Thursday, 21 June 2018

Indian pair jailed for recruiting, fundraising for IS

AFP , Friday 21 Apr 2017
Views: 1281
Views: 1281

Two men accused of fundraising and recruiting for the Islamic State group in India were sentenced to seven years in jail Friday, an official said.

Azhar-ul-Islam and Mohammad Farhan Shaikh were arrested by India's counterterrorism body the National Investigation Agency (NIA) last year after being deported from the United Arab Emirates for illegal fundraising activities.

"Both of them were already in jail, and were today sentenced to seven years in prison by the court," Alok Mittal, an inspector general at the NIA, told AFP.

The duo, both in their mid-twenties, had pleaded guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy last month "without any pressure, threat, coercion or undue influence" according to the Press Trust of India.

In a news release late Friday, NIA said the two of them had acted as a front group for the IS and incited people of different nationalities to travel to Syria to "join and support" the activities of the group.

The men were active on social networks and promoted the IS ideology on WhatsApp, Skype and Facebook to enlist new recruits and assist others to link up with the IS.

They also raised cash for IS -- which controls swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria -- receiving and transferring funds in the UAE where the pair frequently travelled for work.

"They had also raised, collected and received funds in the UAE and transferred it to their associates in India, Philippines and Tunisia to facilitate their travel to Syria to join IS," the NIA said in the statement.

A third accused, Adnan Hassan, will face trial starting in June.

Friday's verdict comes a day after Indian police arrested 10 suspected IS sympathisers in raids conducted across four states.

The government insists IS does not have a foothold in India, which has a large but traditionally moderate Muslim minority.

There have been some reports of Indians going to fight for the group in Iraq and Syria but the numbers are low relative to India's population of 1.2 billion.

Search Keywords:
Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.