Konakalla Subramanyam alias Omer was arrested from a house in Paramount Colony in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad police arrest youth for links with ISIS sympathisers charge him with seditionImage for representation: PTI
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Hyderabad police arrested a youth on Friday for allegedly having links with Islamic State sympathisers.

Konakalla Subramanyam alias Omer was arrested from a house in Paramount Colony in Hyderabad.

Personnel of Special Investigation Team (SIT) found in his possession one mobile phone, which contained incriminating conversation with IS sympathisers.

Police filed a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy against the 22-year-old accused, who has been remanded to judicial custody.

A native of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh, Subramanyam had embraced Islam in 2014. Police said he visited Gujarat and trained in religious rituals and scriptures. He also visited Srinagar, Omrabad, Ambur of Tamil Nadu and Mumbai.

"He has been indulging in chatting with IS sympathisers through social media network like Facebook, Whatsapp and Telegram," said a police statement.

According to the police, he has been in regular conversation with one Abu Qahafa Al-Hindi, IS sympathiser and resident of Mumbai. Police claimed that Omer wanted to carry out subversive activities in the country with the instigation of Abu Qahafa Al-Hindi.

Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a supplementary charge-sheet on Friday against the ninth accused in the Hyderabad ISIS module case of 2016.

The NIA had arrested five people on June 29 last year, and said that they were allegedly plotting bomb attacks and indiscriminate firing at crowded places including religious sites and sensitive government buildings in various parts of the country.

They were allegedly being guided by an online handler suspected to be based in Iraq/Syria.

The NIA later made several more arrests in the case.

In the latest chargesheet, the NIA has accused 28-year-old Mohammed Irfan alias Abu Jafar, a mechanic from Hyderabad’s Mir Alam Mandi area, of Collecting and transporting explosive material, among other things.

"Investigation revealed that Irfan took an oral oath of allegiance in favour of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed Caliph of the ISIS…The electronic gadgets seized from the accused established his radicalisation towards ISIS ideology. He was in possession of materials like `Mujahid Guide' and `How to conduct lone wolf attacks' and was very influenced by Jihadi ideologues," TOI quotes NIA sleuths as saying.


IANS inputs