Ahmedabad, Oct 27: A special court in Ankaleshwar, Bharuch district, sent two suspected ISIS men–held for planning ‘lone wolf’ attack on a Synagogue— to 10-days police custody. The Gujarat anti-terror squad (ATS) will have them in its custody till November 6 for further investigation.
Both the arrested accused are educated professionals— 29-year-old Ubed Ahmed Mirza is a criminal lawyer, while Mohammad Kasim Stimberwala is an echo-cardiogram technician. The ATS alleged that the men were plotting terror attacks in Gujarat and the rest of the country. The ATS had sought custody for 14 days to investigate whether which national or international terror organisation they were allegedly affiliated with and who were involved with them in their plot.
Stimberwala was arrested from Ankleshwar while Mirza was arrested from Surat on Wednesday.They were booked under IPC sections 120-b (criminal conspiracy), 121-a (waging war against government of India) and 125 (waging war against any Asiatic power in alliance with government of India).
In the FIR, the ATS alleged that they were planning to attack a synagogue–Jewish place of worship–in Khadia. Both are “highly radicalised by the fundamentalist ideology of the Islamic State (ISIS) for last many years and (were) actively planning to cause terrorist acts”, PTI quoted ATS in the FIR. The ATS further alleged that the duo had been attracted to the ideology for the last three-four years and they had been trying to recruit youths in India.
They were allegedly influenced by the radical preacher Abdullah el-Faisal, who was deported from the UK to Jamaica. He was later arrested in Jamaica for exhorting youths to head to Syria and take part in ‘jihad’. Stimberwala was in regular touch with el-Faisal through social media.
The defence lawyer for the arrested youths argued that the ATS had them under surveillance for many years, hence they had all they need and they don’t need a remand.