By: Abhijit Ray, Kolkata, India
The Special Court for National Investigation Agency NIA cases, on Wednesday convicted a suspect, Nashidul Hamzafar, for terror related charges.
The NIA is India’s counter-terrorist task force, an agency empowered to deal with terror related crimes across the country without special permission from the states.
The case originally registered as FIR 534/ 2016 of Chandera Police Station, Kasaragod District, Kerala was re-registered by NIA on 24.08.2016 pertaining to activities of fourteen youth from Kasaragod district of Kerala who along with their families had exited India between May and July, 2016 and joined the ISIS/ Daish terrorist groups.
In pursuance to the criminal conspiracy hatched with fugitive ISIS/ Daish activist accused Abdul Rashid Abdulla alongside Ashfak Majeed and others. The accused, Nashidul Hamzafar had exited India on 3rd October, 2017 and travelled to Muscat, Oman before travelling to Iran and had further reached Kabul, Afghanistan, where he was detained by Afghan Security Agencies in October, 2017 for illegally entering the country and attempting to join his associates, in ISIS/ Daish.
On 18.09.2018, NIA had arrested one Nashidul Hamzafar, after the accused was deported from Kabul, Afghanistan.
NIA had filed charge-sheet against him on 16.03.2019.
Today, the accused, a 28 years old resident of Kalpetta, Wayanad district, Kerala, Nashidul Hamzafar pleaded guilty to all charges and the NIA Special Court in a place called Ernakulam of Indian state Kerala, convicted him.
The quantum of punishment will be pronounced against him on 23.11.2021. ISIS/Daish – as al-Shām is a region often compared with the Levant or Greater Syria, the group’s name has been variously translated as “Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham”, “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (both abbreviated as ISIS).