Saturday, August 12, 2017

India: Charges filed against ISIS-linked man targeting Hindu leaders, Ahmadiyya mosques


"After travelling 15 hours from Tehran to the city of Mashhad in Iran, we were informed on chat that there were some Keralites in Mashhad who were also travelling to IS territory"

Moinudheen Parakadavath
Times of Ahmad | News Watch | Int'l Desk
Source/Credit: The Times of India
By Neeraj Chauhan | TNN | Aug 11, 2017

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency on Friday filed a chargesheet against Islamic State operative Moinudheen Parakadavath, who was a member of outfit called Ansarul Khilafa-Kerala, formed by Shajeer Mangalessary.

Moinudheen, a resident of Kasargod, had also travelled to Tehran alongwith the group leader Shajeer and even met 5 members of the 22 missing persons from Kerala, who are now in Afghanistan, at the Iran border. He was deported from UAE on February 15 this year.

He had told the investigators that the eight member group wanted to target several Hindu leaders, Ahmadiyya mosques and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind to "create ripples" in India and mark ISIS's presence.

In one of his conversations in a closed IS group on `Telegram' channel, he had informed NIA officials, that someone posted details of a Jamaat-e-Islami programme to be held in Kochi last year where Rahul Eashwar, a Hindu orator, was invited as a speaker.

"One person suggested that we should target such events. I suggested that Kochi Jewish temple is also close to the venue. Someone suggested that we should use a bike to carry out the attack. But I suggested that we should use a tipper lorry for the attack," Moinudheen said during his interrogation. TOI has access to details of his interrogation.

About the missing 22 persons from Kerala, who are now said to be in Nangarhar in Afghanistan, Moinudheen had said that while he tried to reach IS territory via Tehran in June 2016, he met five of them on the Iraq border.

"I was travelling from Abu Dhabi to Tehran with Shajeer Mangalasseri Abdulla, another resident of Kasargod in Kerala. We reached Tehran in June. After travelling 15 hours from Tehran to the city of Mashhad in Iran, we were informed on chat that there were some Keralites in Mashhad who were also travelling to IS territory and if we would like to meet them," he said.


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