Court seeks Tihar’s response on ISIS man allegation he was forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’

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By PTI

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Friday sought response from Tihar jail authorities on an application moved by an alleged ISIS member claiming that he was beaten up by other inmates there and was forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

The accused, Rashid Zafar, was arrested in 2018 on the allegations of being members of an ISIS-inspired group that were planning suicide attacks and serial blasts, targeting politicians as also government installations, in Delhi and other parts of north India.

Special Judge Parveen Singh issued notice to Tihar jail superintendent and sought the reply to Zafar’s application by June 14, when the court will further hear the matter.

The application said that the incident was disclosed by the accused to his father telephonically from Tihar Jail.

“The accused was beaten up and forced to chant religious slogans like ‘Jai Shri Ram’ by his inmates,” advocate M S Khan, appearing for the accused, claimed.

The plea, moved by advocate Qausar Khan, requested that “appropriate directions may be passed to the Jail Superintendent to look into the matter.”

 The accused were arrested along with nine others in December 2018 after NIA carried out searches, in coordination with Special cell of Delhi Police and Anti-Terrorism Squad of Uttar Pradesh Police, at six places in Jafrabad, Seelampur in Delhi, and 11 places in Uttar Pradesh — six in Amroha, two in Lucknow, two in Hapur and two in Meerut.

The searches and the arrests came a month before the Republic Day celebrations on January 26. According to NIA, a locally-made rocket launcher, material for suicide vests and 112 alarm clocks to be used as timers were recovered from the searches.

The agency also said it recovered 25 kg of explosive material — Potassium Nitrate, Ammonium Nitrate and Sulphur.

The group allegedly had also purchased remote control cars and wireless doorbells to use their circuits in assembling remote-controlled improvised explosive devices.

Besides, the NIA also recovered steel containers, electric wires, 91 mobile phones, 134 SIM cards, 3 laptops, knife, sword, ISIS-related literature during the searches.

The probe agency had initially rounded up 16 persons of the group ‘Harkat ul Harb e Islam’, which loosely translates into war for the cause of Islam.

Of the 16 detained, 10 were later arrested – five from Amroha, in UP and five from Seelampur and Jafrabad localities in north-east Delhi, the agency had said.



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