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Anti-terror agency NIA files chargesheet against 3 in Maharashtra Islamic State module case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed a chargesheet against three people on charges of hatching a conspiracy to carry out terror attacks, fabrication of explosives and IEDs, and fund-raising for the Islamic State through a Maharashtra-based module.

The accused, identified as Mohammad Rizwan Ashraf of Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, Mohammed Arshad Warsi of Dehradun in Uttarakhand and Mohammed Shahnawaz Alam of Hazaribagh in Jharkhand, were actively involved in promoting the anti-India agenda of the proscribed terror outfit, the NIA said in a statement.

During its investigation into the Borivali-Padgha (Maharashtra) Islamic State terror module case, the agency had seized incriminating material related to the manufacturing of explosives and fabrication of IEDs, along with propaganda magazines like ‘Voice of Hind’, ‘Rumiyah’, ‘Khilafat’ and ‘Dabiq’ published by the Islamic State.

The investigation also revealed that the accused had been sharing digital files related to the fabrication of IEDs with their contacts, the NIA said.

They were also found to be actively raising funds for their terror plans and designs for furtherance of the Islamic State’s activities and promotion of its extremist and violent ideology, the agency added.

The NIA found out that the accused had carried out acts preparatory to carrying out terror attacks, including recruitment of vulnerable people into the organisation.

Accused Mohammed Ashraf had taken ‘bayath’ (pledge of allegiance) from another arrested accused Saquib Nachan alias Amir-e-Hind, the federal agency said. Ashraf, in turn, had given ‘bayath’ to the other accused, as part of a bigger conspiracy to spread terror among the people, it added.

The chargesheet, filed before an NIA special court in Delhi, has exposed international linkages and involvement of foreign-based handlers of the Islamic State.

The case was registered by the NIA on November 6 last year against one Shahnawaz Alam and others in connection with a conspiracy to carry out terrorist activities at the direction of their Islamic State handlers.

Charges against the accused have been framed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act.

The NIA has been investigating various Islamic State modules active in the country to dismantle nefarious terror networks.

Published By:

Prateek Chakraborty

Published On:

Mar 22, 2024

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