NIA files chargesheet against doctor in IS-Khorasan Province case

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January 12, 2021

New Delhi, Jan 12: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a chargesheet in a special NIA Court here against a medical doctor based in Bengaluru in connection with an Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) case.

The chargesheet has been filed under sections 120B read with 124A and 125 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 18, 20, 38 and 39 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against Dr Abdur Rahman (28) who is a resident of Bengaluru in Karnataka.

NIA said that the accused has been chargesheeted for furthering ideology and activities of proscribed terrorist organisation ISIS/ISKP in connivance with co-accused Jahanzaib Sami and others for committing subversive/anti-national activities in India.

Earlier, a chargesheet was filed on September 2, 2020 against five accused persons namely Jahanzaib Sami and Hina Bashir Beigh, Abdullah Basith, Sadiya Anwar Shaikh and Nabeel Siddick Khatri under sections 120B, 124A, 153A and 201 of IPC and sections 13, 17, 18, 38, 39 and 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

NIA said that this case arose out of Delhi Police Special Cell, FIR number 85/2020 dated March 8, 2020 pertaining to arrest of Jahanzaib Sami Wani and his wife Hina Bashir Beigh from Okhla Vihar, Jamia Nagar in Delhi on the same date on receiving an input that they were affiliated to the banned terrorist organisation ISKP, a part of ISIS, and were planning subversive/anti-national activities in India.

NIA had re-registered the case on March 20, 2020 and took up the investigation.
Dr Abdur Rahman was arrested on August 17, 2020 from Bangalore by NIA.

NIA said in its chargesheet: "As a student of MBBS at Bangalore Medical College, Abdur Rahman got radicalised while listening to the online lectures of hardline Islamic preachers including 'Anwar Awlaki'. Subsequently, he came into contact with other radicalised youth and travelled to Syria in December 2013 and participated in various terrorist activities of ISIS."

"After his return to India, he continued to remain associated with the ideology of ISIS. Utilising his knowledge of ophthalmic lasers and medical science, he made efforts to develop applications for medical and military requirements of ISIS. To this end, he was in regular communication with ISIS terrorists located abroad as well as in India including Jahanzaib Sami on Threema, a secure messaging platform," it added.

NIA further stated in the chargesheet: "Consequently, he had achieved significant progress towards developing a medical application for treatment of ISIS terrorists and also a Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Missile application for controlling the trajectory of the missiles for enhancing their effectiveness for furthering the cause of ISIS."
Further investigation in the case is ongoing.

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January 20,2021

NITI Aayog, Innovation Index, India Innovation Index

New Delhi, Jan 20: Karnataka topped Niti Aayog's Innovation Index for the second year in a row. 

Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu secured the second and the third position. Telangana and Kerala were the other states that made it to the top 5 states in terms of innovation.

The index, released by Aayog's vice chairman Rajiv Kumar and CEO Amitabh Kant, has been developed in the lines of Global Innovation Index.

Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Bihar were ranked at the bottom of the index.

The India Innovation Index 2020, ranks the states and union territories based on their relative performance of supporting innovation, and aims to empower them to improve their innovation policies by highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.

The states and union territories have been divided into 17 'major states', 10 'North-East and hill states', and 9 'city states and Union Territories', for effectively comparing their performance.

Overall, the framework of India Innovation Index 2020, consists of 36 indicators, which include hard data (32 indicators) and four composite indicators

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January 23,2021

Mangaluru, Jan 23: Mangaluru MLA U T Khader has urged the state government to conduct a high-level study to ensure that major and minor dams, bridges in Shivamogga and surrounding districts are safe following the massive explosion that took place in a stone crusher facility, in Shivamogga.

"Any damage to dams, bridges will have an impact when the region receives bountiful of rainfall in monsoon. There is a need to conduct a study on any cracks in hillocks in the vicinity and ensure that all major installations are safe", he told media persons.

Further, he sought to know whether there was no law and order in CM’s home district. "The police book cases when sand is transported in mini lorries. Why vehicles were not seized when huge quantities of explosives were transported? Whether higher officials from the mines and geology department were not aware of the huge quantity of explosives in quarry sites. Mines and Geology Minister should tender resignation owning moral responsibility," he added.

Khader further stated, "Several houses have been damaged in three districts following the tremors felt after the explosion. The government should disburse compensation for the damages immediately."

Meanwhile, MLC Prakash Rathod said that illegal quarries were functioning in Shivamogga district. "Who should be responsible for the loss of lives and damage to properties following the explosion in stone crusher facility? Nearly 60 villages were affected in the explosion", he added.

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January 15,2021

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Dharwad, Jan 15: At least 11 people, mostly women, were killed after a minibus in which they were travelling met with an accident in Dharwad district of Karnataka on Friday morning.

A group of 16 women from Davangere, who were members of the Ladies Club, were travelling to Goa for a vacation, when the incident occurred. 

The Dharwad Rural Police said that the women had decided to visit the residence of their friend in Dharwad for breakfast and had decided to take a detour. 

The minibus was crossing the Hubbali-Dharwad bypass, when it collided into the tipper truck which was coming from opposite direction as there was not enough room on the road to maneuver, Dharwad Sub-urban Police Inspector Yaligar said. 

Among the deceased include Preethi Ravikumar, the daughter-in-law of a former BJP MLA from Davangere’s Jagalur, Guru Siddanagouda. The other victims are Asha, Meerabai, Paranjyoti, Rajeshwari, Shakuntala, Usha, Veda, Veena, Manjula, Nirmala, Rajaneesh and Swati.

The injured were shifted to KIMS Hospital and several of them were said to be critical.

The 32-km Hubballi-Dharwad bypass is a single lane located along NH 48 between Bengaluru and Pune. Inspector Yaligar said that the residents of Dharwad had been complaining of the bypass being dangerous as the stretch is narrow and that it was not being used as a one-way. 

He said that the road widening work had been delayed for the last few months due to differences between the contractors and the government. “An accident case has been registered. We are still investigating the case,” he added. 

Superintendent of Police Krishna Kant supervised the rescue and relief operation. Police have also registered a case at Dharwad rural police station.

In a tweet, PM Narendra Modi said he is saddened by the loss of lives in the road mishap.

"Saddened by the loss of lives due to a road accident in Karnataka's Dharwad district. In this sad hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray for a quick recovery of those injured," PM Modi tweeted.

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