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 - NIA Conducts Raids in Delhi, Kerala, Karnataka Over Suspected IS Module; 5 Arrested Linked to Pakistan
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 - Delhi: Cousins Stage Fake Kidnapping Inspired by Popular Web Series on Amazon Prime
“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 - At Least 100 Killed in Terrorist Attacks on Two Villages in Niger
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.