Five suspected Islamic State operatives, who were conspiring to target the Ardh Kumb Mela at Haridwar, especially trains headed there have been denied bail by a Delhi court on 13 June.
Besides targeting the Ardh Kumbh Mela, they were alleged to have targeted many strategic locations in the national capital.
According to the sources, the court denied relief to the accused persons – Akhlakur Rehman, Mohd Osama, Mohd Mehraz, Mohd Azeemushan and Mohsin Ibhrahim Sayyed – observing that it was not a fit case for bail.
During their custodial interrogation done by Delhi Police, the accused had disclosed name codes and mobile numbers of members, recruiters, sympathizers and motivators of ISIS involved in furtherance of activities of their ideologies using Internet- based communication to lure youths to join the terror organization, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had earlier told the court that.
Also, it is reported that all of the accused were found to have links with a former Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist who later went to fight for the ISIS.
In the bail plea, moved by defense lawyer M S Khan, it is claimed that further custody of the accused was not required.