Rescued from ISIS dragnet in 2017, Kashmiri youth slips again and lands in jail

Srinagar, Oct 17 (PTI):
After being rescued from the clutches of banned ISIS terror group from Turkey in 2017, Afshan Parvez has been found to be a sleeper cell of a terror module in Jammu and Kashmir that is promoting the armed crusade against the sovereignty of the country, officials here said on Sunday.
Parvez, a resident of the downtown area in Khanyar, was 21 when he was rescued from Ankara, after his parents claimed he had been misguided by some people to join the terror ranks. And, showing a humane face, a young officer from the J&K police tied all the loose ends and brought him back to India. But after remaining dormant for sometimes after his return from Ankara, Parvez, now 25, was again seen active but in a different way as he was using mobile phones of unsuspecting people to carry forward his agenda at the behest of the banned terror group, according to officials. Suspicions against Parvez grew when intelligence agencies, while probing a terror case of Ahmed Nagar in Kashmir last year, noticed a voice sample and writings on a web magazine ‘Voice of Hind’ that supported the ISIS propaganda. An intense probe showed that a Virtual Private Network (VPN) was accessed from the same general area and the piece was uploaded, giving a handle to security agencies to at least call him for routine questioning to the police station, the officials said. The National Investigating Agency, acting on the intelligence inputs provided by the state and central agencies, arrested Parvez earlier this month along with two others identified as Tawheed Latief and Suhail Ahmad.
The officials said some pseudo identities were spotted online and the tracking of one such identities led to Parvez, who had then allegedly become a hardened ISIS operative in Kashmir and was tasked to recruit and radicalise youths in the country and wage a war against the Indian State besides raising funds to support on-ground terror financing activities through a cyber campaign.

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