Padgha dad-son, 2 siblings among 15 arrested by NIA

  • | Monday | 11th December, 2023

Thane: A father-son duo, two brothers in their early 20s, and a man with police contacts are among the 15 people arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Borivali and Padgha villages in Thane district during Saturday morning raids. They have been booked for allegedly promoting terror and terror-related acts and activities of the proscribed Islamic State (IS). However, several villagers that TOI spoke to on Sunday refused to believe the arrested men were involved in any criminal or terror activities. They said arrested siblings Razil Abdul Lateef and Rafil Nachan drove a taxi on the Padgha-Bhiwandi route. Their father passed away five months ago. The two brothers do not indulge in any criminal activity. They go to work every day and return home, a local said, report Mateen Hafeez and Pradeep Gupta. We also published the following articles recentlyPadgha first case of liberated IS land in India: NIAMohd Saquib Nachan, the main accused and self-declared head of the IS module, was found guilty of illegally possessing an AK-56 rifle and sentenced to 10 years in jail. He surrendered in connection with the 2002 Mumbai Central and 2003 Vile Parle and Mulund train blast cases, which killed 14 persons and injured over a hundred. Nachan had assumed the right of administering the oath of allegiance to the khalifa of IS. His son Shamil was also arrested for alleged involvement in the fabrication, training, and testing of explosive devices.Canada arrests two men for promoting far right terrorismCanadian federal police announced the arrests of two Ontario men for creating recruitment videos and statements in support of a far-right group banned as a terrorist organization. The men face charges including hate crimes, participating in a terrorist groups activities, and instructing others to carry out terrorist activities. The arrests followed an 18-month investigation involving police searches, Canadas spy agency, and the anti-money laundering watchdog. The men are alleged to have participated in creating Terrorgram Collective manifestos and Atomwaffen Division recruiting videos for far-right extremism.Those held by NIA not linked to terror: VillagersThe NIA arrested 15 people, including a father-son duo, two brothers, and a man with police contacts, for promoting terror and terror-related acts of the Islamic State. The arrested siblings, Razil Abdul Lateef and Rafil Nachan, were taxi drivers, and villagers claim they were not involved in any criminal activities. Saquib Nachan, a known name in the locality, was also arrested. This case is significant as it reveals a self-declared liberated IS territory in India.

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