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IS ‘recruit’ Arif Majeed’s NIA custody extended till Dec. 22

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NIA says it needs the custody to confront Majeed with the data provided by the service providers.

Arrested Islamic State (IS) ‘recruit’ Arif Majeed’s NIA custody was on Monday extended till December 22.

Majeed was sent to the probe agency’s custody till today by a special NIA court here a day after he was arrested on November 28.

The agency told the court that there was sufficient progress in the investigation and his further interrogation is necessary.

“Some data is recovered (online) while some needs to be recovered.. we need the custody to confront Majeed with the data provided by the service providers”, NIA told Special Judge Y D Shinde.

The agency also said that the data that has been recovered shows his involvement along with other three persons who have been shown as wanted in the case.

Though Majeed’s lawyer Wahab Khan, did not oppose the NIA custody, he moved an application saying that the accused does not want to give any confession.

Mr. Wahab also moved another application seeking action against NIA officials for leaking information to the media.

Later, the NIA moved an application saying that they wanted to submit some compact disks which had contents downloaded from his e-mail. However, it did not press for the application.

Meanwhile, Judge Shinde reprimanded the agency for committing spelling errors in their applications.

In the court, Majeed told his name and replied in negative when asked whether he had any complainants against the NIA.

The 23-year-old youth from neighbouring Kalyan landed in Mumbai on November 28 following which he was immediately detained by the security agencies, and later arrested.

A case under sections of Unlawful Assembly Prevention Act (UAPA) and section 125 of IPC which deals with waging war against any Asiatic country which has friendly ties with India, was registered against ISIS, Majeed and other three other youngsters.

According to police, four engineering students flew to Baghdad on May 23 as part of a group of 22 pilgrims to visit religious shrines in Iraq.

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