The couple has been identified as Jahanjeb Sami and his wife Hina Bashir Beg. (Photo Credit: ANI/Twitter)
The Delhi Police on Sunday detained a couple who was allegedly linked to the Islamic State's Khorasan module from south Delhi's Jamia Nagar for instigating anti-CAA riots in the national capital. They have been identified as Jahanjeb Sami and his wife Hina Bashir Beg, said Pramod Singh Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell).
“They were involved in instigating anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests,” he said.
Hindustan Times reported that the couple was detained in an early morning operation. They had been in touch with senior ISKP members in Afghanistan to exploit the ongoing agitation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 to incite Muslim youth to carry out terror attacks.
“Jahanzaib Sami and wife Hina Bashir Beigh, a couple from Srinagar in Kashmir, have been detained. We are in the process of completing the formalities to place them under arrest,” Hindustan Times quoted a senior police officer as saying.
Shaheen Bagh has been the epicentre of the anti-CAA protest. Hundreds of people, mainly women, have been protesting at the venue.
News agency ANI, quoting sources, reported that the couple was planning to carry out suicide attacks in the country. The police recovered electronic gadgets and incriminating material promoting jihadi thought from their possession, ANI reported.
"A couple, Jahanjeb Sami and Hina Bashir Beigh linked to Khorasan Module of ISIS were apprehended from Jamia Nagar, Okhla. The couple was instigating anti-CAA protests," said Kushwaha.
The report added that Sami came under scanner due to his activities on cyberspace which revealed his intention to carry out suicide attacks in the country. He was in "association with senior ISKP members in Afghanistan".
He was earlier also in contact with Khurasan-based Huzaifa Bakistani (Amir of Wilaya Hind who has since been killed), according to the report. During his interrogation, Jahanzaib Sami revealed he was trying to arrange firearms and ammunitions for his planned activities against the CAA.
Sami also told the police that he was actively involved in the propagation of recently published ISIS magazine ‘Sawt al-Hind’ (Voice of India) in the month of February 2020.
Sources said Hina used to stay in Pune for a long time as she studied MBA and worked there for some time. She got married last year.