The National Investigating Agency (NIA) has filed the chargesheet against Azhar Iqbal, the 24-year-old Islamic State sympathiser, it has arrested from Bhopal.
The NIA has submitted a 87-page Challan in Patiala House Court.
Iqbal, a resident of Barkheda in Obaidullaganj district, was arrested under a secret operation on February 2,2016 from a house in Tila Jamalpura, Bhopal. The NIA was also assisted by the Bhopal police during the operation.
During investigations, Iqbal revealed that he came in contact with ISIS last year in April.
He had participated in IS meetings in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
After his arrest he was sent to 15 day police custody for further investigation. The accused was brought to the special NIA court in Bhopal where he reportedly cried in front of judge.
Azhar Iqbal was the 16th person arrested by the NIA in the nationwide crackdown conducted by the Central agency after a case was registered in Delhi under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act by the agency on December 9, 2015.
The NIA has claimed that the youths arrested from Mumbai, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, were motivated by a man named Yusif al-Hindi, a former Indian Mujahideen operative also known as Shafi Armar. Armar’s brother Sultan reportedly died in Syria while he was fighting for the ISIS.
Azhar studied in a private school till fifth class. Thereafter he went to a Madrasa to get religious education. He also went to Saharanpur to study aalim.
Azhar has two brothers and five sisters. While his brother is studying in a college in Bhopal, his sister is studying in a private school. He was staying outside his home town and visited his village occasionally.
Surprisingly, his grandfather Mahmudal Hasan was in Indian Army. After retirement he received 60 acre land in Sigpur and Azhar’s family has been managing this land.
According to villagers, Azhar’s family never had a fight with anyone.