NIA court frames charges against Areeb Majeed

Mumbai : A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Mumbai on Thursday framed charges against Areeb Majeed who had joined ISIS and later returned.

The NIA special court earlier ordered framing of charges against arrested accused Majeed for having conspired to carry out terrorist acts.

The case was registered on the basis of credible source information that four youth from Kalyan, Maharashtra, had gone to Iraq with a group on May 25, 2014, under the guise of performing Ziyarat (religious) tour.

Subsequently, they left the group without intimating the tour guide and the other pilgrims and went to Syria to join the ISIL, a banned terrorist organisation.

The family members of these youth had filed missing complaints as they had left without intimating anyone.

Out of the four youth, Majeed returned to India on November 28, 2014, but was apprehended by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). He was later arrested by the NIA on November 29, 2014, after registration of the case.

The NIA probe has established that Majeed and his three associates had joined the proscribed terrorist organisation ISIL and had undergone training in guerrilla warfare.

After joining the ISIL, Majeed had participated in various terrorist acts in Iraq and Syria. He was injured on two occasions while performing Fidayeen attacks. (ANI)