A principal magistrate presiding over a three-member juvenile justice board (JJB) granted a set-off benefit to a convicted ISIS terrorist who is being termed a child in conflict with the law (CCL) by releasing him citing the fact that he had already served three years of his three-year sentence in an observation home since January 2019.

The JJB also ordered the CCL (name withheld) to perform community service under the supervision of a probation officer. The CCL was 17(now 21) when he was apprehended by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad on December 27, 2018, along with other members of the ATS. It was also stated that it was an organised module of the banned terror group Islamic State and was planning terror attacks in Aurangabad and Mumbai.

On May 11, the JJB decided to release the criminals involved in terrorist activities under ‘Child in Conflict with the Law (CCL)’. The ruling stated that he has been released on good behaviour for a period of one year. Currently, he has been kept under the supervision of a Probation Officer in Thane

JJB earlier convicted ISIS terrorist, later released citing good behaviour

The accused ISIS terrorist was charged with terror activities under IPC sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (destruction of evidence), as well as sections 18 (conspiracy), 20 (membership of a terrorist gang or organisation), 38 and 39 (offences relating to membership and support of a terrorist organisation).

The Juvenile Justice Board had previously decided that a minor is guilty of being linked with the terrorist group ISIS and be transferred to a special home for three years. JJB, on the other hand, tend to define his time in an observation home as a three-year prison.

On December 27, 2018, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) apprehended the convict and his accomplices. The accused was 17 years old at the time. He was detained on suspicion of being a member of an organised module of the Islamic terrorist group ISIS.

In August 2018, the state ATS’s Aurangabad section nabbed nine persons, including a minor, on suspicion of being influenced by ISIS and plotting a terror strike. The ATS claimed that the nine putative terrorists were influenced by ISIS’s ideology. They planned to use poisonous poisons and explosives to carry out terrorist acts in Mumbai, Aurangabad, and other cities.



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