August 18, 2022
NIA’s attack on terror: How Bhatkal Islamic State operative gave birth to 48 digital warriors

In a major crackdown on terror, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at 13 locations in seven states, including Maharashtra, and detained 48 people – 13 on Sunday and 35 on Saturday – with links to Islamic State (IS). Together, their plan thwarted. To do “something big” against India.

According to specifics from top intelligence sources, Zufri was the result of the interrogation of Jauhar Damodi, who was arrested in August 2021 from Bhatkal in Karnataka for his alleged links to IS.

The source exclusively told CNN-News18 that along with Damodi’s leads, the agency was tracking India-focused IS magazine Voice of Hind for the past one year.

The agency observed that the magazine contained very minute details of the ground situation in India, which could not have been possible without local resources, the source said. Due to this they reached 48 people associated with IS.

He said that they were all linked to Islamic State – Khorasan Province (ISKP).

Custody and interrogation has also led the agency to the Voice of Hind network of Kashmir run by Umar Nisar.

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Sources said security agencies are concerned about the threats posed by ISKP and other networks.

The agency source said 48 people were creating content for Voice of Hind and other ISKP-related groups.

The source said that following the recent insults of the Prophet, it was found that these groups were planning “something big in India”.

“They were provoking Indian Muslims and Muslim community across the world. Therefore, this major action was planned. He has confessed his ties to Damodi and Voice of Hind,” said the source.

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According to sources, the seized digital media is being interrogated and forensic investigation is being done.

The source said the detention of key IS supporters would act as a deterrent to their plans and would also block other modules.

ISKP’s anti-Modi, anti-India acrimony

News18 reported on July 14 that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on the cover of the latest edition of the mouthpiece of the ISKP terror group.

The regional ally of Islamic State operates mainly in Afghanistan. “Khorasan” refers to a historical region that covered parts of modern-day Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Earlier, the publication was mainly Khorasan-centric, but suddenly started covering topics related to India as well, the sources said.

Top intelligence sources said the ISKP had also asked its cadres to attack Hindu-centric parties.

The cover of the magazine Voice of Khorasan also stated that India is “between pain and hope”.

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