Ernakulam: NIA Special Court here on Monday 28 September 2020 sentenced dreaded ISIS terrorist Subahani Haja Mohideen (35), resident of Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu, in Omar Al-Hindi Module Case to life imprisonment and fine of Rs. 2,10,000.
Earlier, on 25 September 2020, the Court had convicted the accused under Sections 120B and 125 of IPC and sections 20, 38 and 39 of the UA (P) Act.
Background of the matter
This case was registered by NIA on 1 October 2016, based on credible information that certain youth had entered into a conspiracy and were making preparations to carry out terrorist attacks in India to further the objectives of proscribed terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)/ Daish. On 3 October 2016, searches were conducted at the house of Subahani Haja Mohideen in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, leading to seizure of incriminating material indicating his travel to the theatre of conflict in West Asia and he was arrested on 5 October 2016.
Forensic examination of the clothes used by the accused during his stay with the Islamic State and the forensic medical examination of his body established that he was in the war zone in Iraq. It was also established that Subahani Haja Moideen, after returning to India on 21 September 2015, had attempted to procure explosive chemicals from Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu, based on instructions from his handlers in Islamic State, to carry out terrorist attacks in India, on behalf of ISIS/ Daish.
Investigation also revealed that Subahani Haja Moideen had exited India from Chennai and reached Turkey on 8 April, 2015. He had then illegally crossed over to Iraq through land border and joined the Islamic State using the name Abu Jasmine Al-Hindi. After undergoing religious and arms training with ISIS/ Daish in Iraq, he was deployed with ISIS’ military formation Umar Ibnu Khatab Khatiba, headed by the French national Abu Suleiman Al-Francisi, who was
Subahani Haja Moideen was also associated with Pakistani national Mohammed Usman Ghani, while being in the Islamic State. Mohammed Usman Ghani was subsequently arrested and is now incarcerated in France, for his involvement in 13/11 Paris attacks of 2015.