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Kerala ISIS: Accused persons were planning suicide attacks in India says NIA

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New Delhi, Oct 25: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a charge sheet against one person from Palakkad in Kerala in connection with an Islamic State-related case.

The NIA charged Riyas Aboobacker in connection with a case registered in 2015.

The case pertains to the criminal conspiracy hatched from mid-2015 onwards by 14 accused persons from Kasaragod district of Kerala and their associates, to physically join and support the terrorist organisations ISIS in Afghanistan/Syria.

File photo of Riyas Aboobacker, arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for alleged links with IS links

Subsequently, the 14 accused persons had joined the ISIS in Afghanistan/Syria during May-July, 2016.

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During April 2019, it was reliably learnt that Riyas Aboobacker and his 3 associates have all been radicalised, under influence of the absconding accused persons. Riyas was arrested on April 28, 2019.

Investigation has established that Riyas was radicalized on the ideology of ISIS from 2017 onwards, under the influence of absconding accused Abdul Rashid Abdulla and Ashfaq Majeed through social media platforms.

From July 2018 onwards he had contacted his associates and shared the ideology of ISI besides his intention to perform hijra to the Islamic State announced by the terrorist organisation.

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In October 2018, Riyas had organised conspiracy meetings at Kochi, wherein he had decided to commit suicide attacks for furthering the activities of ISIS in India. he had also motivated and sought support from his co-conspirators for carrying out the terrorist acts.

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