New Delhi: A couple with alleged links with the Islamic State (IS) was on Sunday detained in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar in Okhla area after they tried to instigate an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest. Also Read - Coronavirus: Women at Lucknow's Clock Tower Call Off Protest Amid Statewide Shutdown
According to the intelligence team conducting a search this morning, the duo, identified as Jahanjeb Sami and Hinda Bashir Beg from Srinagar, had been in recurrent touch with Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP) members in Afghanistan and aimed to take advantage of the ongoing protests against CAA to incite Muslim youth in carrying out terror attacks. Also Read - Shaheen Bagh Wears a Deserted Look as Delhi Imposes Lockdown Over Coronavirus
“A couple, Jahanjeb Sami and Hinda Bashir Beg linked to Khorasan Module of ISIS apprehended from Jamia Nagar, Okhla. The couple was instigating anti-CAA protests,” Pramod Singh Kushwaha, Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) noted. Also Read - Petrol Bomb Hurled Near Shaheen Bagh Protest, Probe on
According to a Hindustan Times report, Jahanzaib Sami had also been in contact with ISKP’s Pakistani commander Huzaifa al-Bakistani, who is known to hold online recruitments for the IS. Sami’s motive was mainly to propagate for the terror group on cyberspace. He has also been advocating that it should expand to the Indian hinterland, not just Jammu and Kashmir, the report stated.
According to other reports, the couple also ran a social media platform called ‘Indian Muslims unite’, in which they tried to mobilise support against CAA and NRC.
The Khorasan module of IS is currently primarily active in Afghanistan and Pakistan. More details awaited.