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Srinagar couple arrested in Delhi for alleged ISKP links

New Delhi: Delhi Police Sunday detained a Srinagar couple from Jamia Nagar alleged to be associated with Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP). The couple, police claimed, was also actively involved in the recent anti-CAA protests.

Jahanzaib Sami and his wife Hina Bashir Beigh from Srinagar were detained by Special Cell of Delhi, said Pramod Singh Kushwaha, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell).

“The police recovered electronic gadgets and incriminating material promoting jihadi thought from their possession,” news agency ANI reported.

“A couple, Jahanzaib Sami and Hina Bashir Beigh linked to Khorasan Module of ISIS were apprehended from Jamia Nagar, Okhla. The couple was instigating anti-CAA protests,” said Kushwaha.

Quoting “informed sources” ANI reported that Sami came under scanner “due to his activities on cyberspace which revealed his intention to carry out suicide attacks in the country.”

“He was in association with senior ISKP members in Afghanistan. He was earlier also in contact with Khurasan-based Huzaifa Bakistani (Amir of Wilaya Hind who has since been killed),” the news agency reported.

“During his interrogation, Jahanzaib Sami revealed that he was actively involved on various social media platforms calling on the Indian Muslims to unite and fight against the Indian establishment in protest against the CAA legislation,” ANI reported sources saying.

Sami, the news agency claimed, also revealed he was trying to arrange firearms and ammunitions for his planned activities against the CAA.

“Sami told Police that he was actively involved in the propagation of recently published IS magazine `Sawt al-Hind’ (Voice of India) in the month of February 2020. Sami has also revealed that one of his close associates, Khattab, was in fact Abdullah Basith who is currently lodged in Tihar jail as an undertrial in ISIS-related cases,” ANI reported.

“Meanwhile, his wife Hina was also active on pro-IS social media platforms under the name of Catijah al Kashmiri/Hannabee and played a role of facilitator in spotting talents on cyberspace and further motivating them,” the news agency reported. (With inputs from ANI)