Security breaches in and around Indian Army camps, over the past year, have cost us the lives of many soldiers. From Uri to Pathankot and from Samba to Nagrota, militants have brazenly attacked the security forces at the heart of some strategic security bases on the Indian territory. However, security loopholes seem to have taken a toll on the preparedness of our forces.
Now it appears that the recent attack on an army unit, which is located just three km from the Army XVI Corps headquarters in Nagrota was staged on similar lines of the Pathankot attack on the Indian Air Force base, where the failure to secure the camp’s perimeter resulted in the massive security breach.
Seven army personnel, including two Major-ranked officers were killed in the 29 November Nagrota attack, in which three heavily armed militants stormed into the army complex and started indiscriminate shooting within the officers mess and residential quarters of the army men.
The militants behind the attack reportedly sneaked into the premises from the forest area in its rear, official sources told PTI.
In fact a report by The Indian Express said that the militants climbed atop a tree in the officers’ mess campus alongside the three-metre high perimeter wall to enter the premises.
Even in the case of Pathankot attack, it was revealed that the terrorists had managed to jump into the campus by climbing eucalyptus trees and then using a nylon rope to slide down the perimeter wall, according to The Hindu. Despite this, no thorough fortification of the boundary walls of strategic camps was conducted, The Indian Express report states.
Moreover, just like the Pathankot attack, in Nagrota too, failure to ensure preemptive action despite credible intelligence input is also among the many reasons that compromised security.
According to another report in The Indian Express, intelligence agencies had been targeting the movements of suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba militants in the Indian territory, since at least two weeks ahead of the Nagrota attack. Specific intelligence inputs, warning against an imminent strike on a high-value military target was issued just 10 days before the 29 November attack. Although, the LeT cell tracked by the intelligence agencies was not behind the attack, which was later blamed on Jaish-e-Mohammed, questions were raised as to what security measures were taken in response to the intelligence warnings.
However, responding to this, an army spokesperson told The Indian Express, “The reports generated by intelligence agencies were not specific and covered a large spectrum of targets and locations. Even with reference to intelligence regarding Nagrota attack, no such specific or actionable intelligence was received.” However, the report further claims that RAW further issued a warning just 72 hours ahead of the attack that suspected Jaish militants were active in the region. The warning, undoubtedly were generic and did not point out the specific targets on the radar of the militants, nonetheless, the inputs should have led bases to enhance security in the least.
Currently, the National Investigating Agency is probing the attacks, while it has already filed a chargesheet against JeM cadres including its chief Masood Azhar in the Pathankot attack case, the agency is seeking to establish how did the terrorists creep into the Indian soil and sustained without detection for so long. Meanwhile, a likely theory floating after the preliminary investigation states that the terrorists could have crawled in through an 80-metre-long tunnel under farm lands to cross the International Border (IB) used for the Samba attack, which occurred on the same day.
With inputs from agencies
First Published On : Dec 29, 2016 16:49 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday revealed that suspected Islamic State operative Mohammad Masiuddin also known as Musa, who was earlier this month interrogated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for his alleged terror activities, had waved flags of the terror outfit during his stay in Kashmir earlier this year.The revelation came after filing charge sheet against Masiuddin stating that the 27-year-old was planning terror attacks in India after being directed to do so by his Syria-based handler.Masiuddin was arrested in July this year following which it was revealed that he had been directed to target foreign tourists instead of Indian locals by his handlers.”Investigation has established that on the instructions of his handler, Abu Suleiman, Musa went to Srinagar in May, 2016, to carry out a Lone Wolf attack on foreign tourists. He also participated in a Friday congregation at the Jama Masjid and waved the ISIS flag. He even planned to kill foreigners near the Mother Teresa House at the Ripon Street in Kolkata,” the NIA said on Monday.A senior J&K police official told DNA that local investigators did not find possible links between Kashmiri youth and the terror outfit. The NIA revelation might however prompt local authorities to dig out travel details of Masiuddin who hails from Labhpur in Birbhum district of WB.According to official sources in the NIA, the accused had visited two locations, one in Srinagar and other in Kolkata, and selected them as venues where he was supposed to carry out an attack using the 13 inch knife that was allegedly recovered from him following his arrest in July.This was after Masiuddin had allegedly gotten in touch with ISIS handler Shafi Armar, who is wanted by Indian agencies for activities during his time with Indian Mujahideen. The NIA also revealed that Musa met Abu Suleiman during his visit to India twice in March, 2015 and May, 2016. Suleiman encouraged him to use secured encrypted chat applications. The probe agency said Forensic Analysis of the electronic gadgets seized from the accused contained pdf files like How to survive in the West- Mujahideen, The Mujahideen Explosives Handbook by Abdel-Aziz.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alleged terrorist Mohd Mosiuddin was plotting ISIS-style chilling execution of foreigners, especially those from the US, Russia and the UK, visiting the Mother House in Kolkata as it would be a “heart pleasing” experience for him, the NIA has claimed. The NIA, in a charge sheet filed before a special court in Kolkata recently, claimed that Mosiuddin alias Musa was planning to stab and kill foreigners, a style frequently chosen by the ISIS to eliminate its targets. The Mother House in West Bengal capital is the headquarters of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.In its charge sheet, the anti-terror probe agency has said Musa termed the militants operating in Kashmir as “Mujahids (holy warriors) with impure ideologies” who were fighting for Kashmiri land when they should have fought in support of Sharia, the Islamic canonical law based on the teachings of the Koran and the traditions of the Prophet (Hadith and Sunna).The agency has provided Musa’s photographs in Kashmir to buttress its claim that the terrorist had visited the Valley.NIA alleged it had proof of his having bought a big knife to commit the terror crimes before fleeing away.He also allegedly procured pepper spray from Snapdeal, an online marketplace to facilitate his proposed criminal acts as the intended target would be rendered temporarily blinded by it.The charge sheet alleged that Musa discussed plans for conducting such attacks at the Mother House, which is frequented by foreigners from the US, Russia and the UK. Armed forces of these countries are locked in fierce battles with the ISIS in many nations.Musa had discussed with some others the exact location of the Mother House and was claimed to have told them that foreigners, particularly Russians, Britishers and Americans often visited the place. He wanted them killed as the governments of their countries had bombarded the ISIS in Syria and Libya, the charge sheet alleged.The NIA had taken over investigation in the case from Howrah police on July 22. During Musa’ arrest, a .38 bore six-chamber revolver, three rounds of ammunition, a knife, a Samsung mobile phone and other incriminating articles were seized. Subsequently, one Apple Macbook and a sword were seized from his residence at Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After two failed attempts to travel to Syria and migrate to the Islamic State (IS) controlled Caliphate, Hyderabad resident Mohammad Ibrahim Yazdani’s quest to support the dreaded terrorist organisation from India led him to form a group with like-minded people–later named as Jund ul Khalifa al Hind Fl Bilad- and owe their allegiance to the self-proclaimed Caliph Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The pledge or the bayah is a first step that formally places an individual or a group as a member of the IS wanting to carry acts of terrorism in its behalfThe National Investigating Agency has recovered the bayah made by Yazdani and others swearing loyalty to the leader of the terrorist organisation, signed and sent online to a handler claiming to be a member of the IS. The wording of the bayah made in Arabic as “we announce from South India that we pledge to an oath under AI Sheikh Abu Bakr lbrahim bin Al Hawwad Albadri AI Hussaini Al Hashmi AI Qurashi’,” an honorific reserved for the Islamic Caliph, shows the men had close knowledge on the workings and protocols of IS and were deeply indoctrinated with IS ideology, NIA officials said. According to Arabic custom followed by al Qaeda and IS, the bayah is made to the leader of the group and not in the name of the terrorist organisation.The bayah uploaded by the Hyderabad men on gulf-up.com is now a crucial part of evidence in the charge sheet filed by the NIA in the Hyderabad module case to indict the accused of conspiring to commit terrorist acts on behalf of the IS.”As a first step to support the IS from lndia, the online handler guided Yazdani that first a bayah has to be taken in favor of the Caliph, which has to be signed and sent, and forwarded to the lS,” the charge-sheet reads. Yazdani gathered seven other men who shared the IS ideology of salafi jihadism and decided to stay in India and plan the terror attacks. “Some members of the group had the intention to target policemen and police station and had plotted the coordinates of the police stations in Hyderabad,” the charge-sheet states.”If they had been successful in committing an attack, IS would have claimed responsibility for it on the basis of the bayah. The written bayah makes it easier for the IS to take credit for an attack and show that it has members supporting its cause in India,” the NIA investigating officer told dna on condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to talk to the media.The IS makes it mandatory for its followers to swear allegiance, document the oath publicly and send it to its leaders, if they want to carry out acts of terror in its name.In the 12th issue of the IS’s mouthpiece magazine Dabiq, titled ‘Just Terror’, prospective followers are advised to “record his will, renew his bay’ah oath of allegiance, carry the Khilafah banner, and strike the crusaders and their pagan and apostate allies wherever he can find them, even if he is alone.”Recently, the IS made the bayah given by Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri public on its online communication channels after he was shot dead in Italy by policemen, taking responsibility for the attack. The IS only acknowledges the bayah following the death of an attacker or once an attack is successful. In the past the terrorist organization has accepted pledge from individuals made in the form of video and audio in the Orlando and San Bernardino shooting in the US, thus claiming credit for the attack, even when they were not members or directed to make the attack by the IS.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ISIS suspect Mohammad Masiuddin alias Musa had planned to attack Mother House in Kolkata to target US nationals according to the chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday at NIA special court. The chargesheet filed by NIA mentions that ISIS suspect had planned to attack Mother House as a lot of US nationals would frequent this place to pay homage to Sister Teresa of Calcutta. A month ago, a seven-member team of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) interrogated Musa in Kolkata.
ALSO READ FBI warns of possible Islamic State-inspired attacks in USThe 25-year-old Musa was arrested from the Burdwan railway station by CID on July 4 on charges of radicalising youths to join ISIS.Later, the probe was taken over by National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the agency is currently probing his links to Jamaat-Ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and also the Dhaka attacks.
ALSO READ ISIS offers $1 million for murder of Kurdish woman who fought themSources in the NIA reveal, Musa had agreed to take on the assignment from a JMB leader Abu Suleiman to target foreigners and US nationals in India and behead them.In March 2015, Musa had met Abu Suleiman in India’s eastern state of West Bengal during his sister’s wedding.
ALSO READ Bengaluru man with alleged ISIS links held in KulluMusa had been in touch with Suleiman over Facebook, but Suleiman had expressed his wish to meet Musa in person. Later, Musa invited him to attend his sister’s wedding, held in Bengal.Meanwhile, Suleiman is on the run and both – Indian and Bangladeshi governments are looking for him.Musa came under the scanner of CID and NIA after his e-mails and calls were traced to Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Syria. Officials in the investigating agency highlight that he had been touch with several ISIS operatives in Syria through the social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Initial investigation revealed that he had also been in touch with several JMB operatives in Bangladesh.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eight persons were named by NIA on Thursday in a charge sheet for allegedly attempting to carry out a terror strike by using explosive devices similar to those used by ISIS cadres during last year’s Paris attacks. The charge sheet was filed before a special NIA court at Hyderabad under various sections of IPC, Explosive Substances Act, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.They have been charged with entering into a criminal conspiracy to wage war against the country by collecting weapons and explosive materials to target public places including religious sites and sensitive government buildings in various parts of the country. Those named in the charge sheet are Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Amoodi alias Fahad, Mohammed Ibrahim Yazdani alias Abu Abdurrahman, Habeeb Mohammed alias Abu Shaibah, Mohammed Ilyas Yazdani alias Abu Mansoor, Muzaffar Hussain Rizwan alias Abulhasan, Yasir Naimathullah alias Naimath Ullah Hussaini, Mohd Ataullah Rahman alias Ghouse and Abdul Raoof alias Mohammed Almashrifi.The NIA said that during raids at various premises on June 29, several electronic gadgets, mobile phones, hard discs, semi-automatic pistols, air rifle, pellets, target boards, explosive precursor chemicals were recovered. These can be used for preparation of triacetone triperoxide (TATP), an explosive material used in the Paris attacks.As many as 129 people were killed on November 13, 2015 when ISIS cadres used TATP substances while carrying out terror strikes at three places in Paris. TATP is easy to make, easy to set off, and susceptible to accidental detonations. The NIA also found urea, nitrate explosive and equipment for manufacturing like pet jars with liquids, capacitor, gas stove with cylinder, weighing balance, nails, knives, quartz alarm time pieces, bundle of wire.Forensic analysis of electronic gadgets seized from the accused showed online radicalisation of the accused by watching videos of ISIS, discourses and lectures of radical Islamic preachers, such as Anwar Awlaki, Abdu Sami Qasmi, Meraj Rabbani, Tausif ur Rehman, Jerjees Ansari and Zakir Naik, the agency said. Investigation has established that the members downloaded and followed ISIS propaganda videos, ISIS magazine “Dabiq”, which convinced them that ISIS was fighting for the rights of the Sunni Muslims, it said.The group associated with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (the ISIS) and pledged their allegiance through the Bay’ah to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed Caliph of the Islamic State and formed a group called Jhund ul Khilafa Fi Bilad Al Hind (Army of the Caliph from the South India), it further said. Investigation has established the group used different methods of communication to connect within themselves and with overseas ISIS handlers, it said. This included the use of the dark net through Tor browser, use of encryption applications such as Orbot, Amn al Mujahid, an encryption program by Al-Fajr Media Centre which is an exclusive distributor of Al Qaeda’s Propaganda, Chatsecure, Telegram, and encrypted email systems, it added.They deliberately used secure communication and encryption to evade detection by law enforcement agencies. Investigation conducted so far has successfully established all the accused are members of a terrorist gang, the agency said. Each member played his role in the conspiracy. There were several meetings conducted by the members over the period where many decisions were taken on the course of action to be taken in furtherance of the conspiracy, it said.The group made efforts to go and join the ISIS ranks, took instructions from the handler, formed a terrorist group, pledged Bay’ah to the ISIS, recruited others, contributed money, utilized the funds so collected to procure raw materials, mobile phones, SIM cards, firearms, ammunition, explosive precursors, in pursuance of the terror conspiracy.All the accused conspired with a common intent to commit terrorist acts and threaten safety, security and integrity of the nation, the NIA said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday accused the NIA of not showing urgency in securing convictions in terror cases involving “non-Muslims”, a day after a special NIA court awarded death penalty to five IM operatives, including Yasin Bhatkal, in 2013 Dilsukhnagar bomb blasts case.In a series of tweets, the Hyderabad Lok Sabha MP questioned the National Investigation Agency(NIA) and also mounted a veiled attack on the Centre saying, “Do not be surprised the way NIA is pursuing those Bomb Blast cases where accused are Non-Muslims they will be exonerated bcos of Ache Din?”. “Why can’t our Premier Investigation Agencies show same Urgency to convict all alleged terrorist cases, Demolition (of) Babri Masjid pending since 92,” he asked.The BJP slammed Owaisi over the allegation levelled by him against the NIA, alleging he thrives on “communal agenda”. “Owaisi thrives on communal agenda. He is trying to communalise a court verdict. Politicians of this kind have become a parasite on Indian democracy,” BJP’s National Secretary Sidharth Nath Singh told a news conference in Delhi. Over the awarding of death penalty to the five Indian Mujahideen operatives, he sought to know, while 2013 Dilsukhnagar blast accused were convicted, will the NIA “get conviction” in Mecca Masjid blast, Ajmer Dargha blast and Malegaon blasts cases.”2013 Dilsukhnagar blast accused all get conviction Mecca Masjid blast, AJMER Dargha Blast, Malegaon blasts Will NIA get conviction these cases,” Owaisi said in a tweet. In further tweets, the AIMIM chief said, “Dilsukhnagar bomb blast accused can be convicted in 3 years why is it taking long to convict MMasjid, Ajmer, Malegaon Can NIA throw some light.”However, in another tweet, Owaisi said “Dilsukhnagar blast courts have given a verdict which must be accepted, terrorist should be punished.” Five key operatives of the banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, including its co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and a Pakistani national, were yesterday awarded death penalty by a Special NIA Court in Hyderabad for the February 2013 Hyderabad’s Dilsukhnagar bomb blasts which claimed 18 lives.
Tue, 20 Dec 2016-07:12pm , Jammu , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team visited the border district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir and took the cross-LoC trade records from the Chakan- Da-Bagh Trade Facilitation Centre.”NIA has visited Poonch. They are looking into cross-LoC trade records”, Deputy Commissioner, Poonch, M H Malik said on Tuesday. They (NIA team) have taken records of Chakan-Da-Bagh Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) and are going through it.The team is looking into any suspicious activity under the grab of cross LoC trade.The NIA team is headed by IG rank officer is camping in Poonch. They have talked to several businessmen and cross LoC traders besides officials and officers of TFC.
New Delhi: Wrapping up investigations in the Pathankot airbase attack case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday filed a chargesheet against Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother and two others for hatching the conspiracy of the January two audacious terror strike that left seven personnel dead and 37 others injured.
The chargesheet was filed in the NIA court at Panchkula in which all the four have been slapped with charges under Indian Penal Code, Explosive Substances Act, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Besides Azhar, his brother Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar and two handlers — Shahid Latif and Kashif Jan — have been named in the exhaustive charge sheet. While Interpol Red Corner Notice against three has been issued, the same was pending against Jan, the NIA said.
The chargesheet will also put to rest speculation about the number of terrorists involved in the attack as the agency gave details of only four militants. There was confusion about the number of terrorists as Defence Minister Manohar Parikar and Home Minister Rajnath Singh had informed that the number was six.
The charge sheet also hinted of lax security at the strategic IAF base in Pathankot and said that the four terrorists — Nasir Hussain, Hafiz Abu Bakar, Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayoom — who were Pakistani nationals belonging to Jaish, had entered the premises at 0840 hours of January one and entrenched themselves in a drain and adjacent shed belonging to Military Engineering Services.
The terrorists were engaged in a gunfight only at 0320 hours of January two, 19 hours after they had entered the IAF base.
The charge sheet is likely to be used by India in advocating its case for imposing sanctions against Azhar, released in 1999 in exchange of IC-814 hijacked Indian Airlines Plane, under the United Nations anti-terror law, officials said.
The terror case saw an unusual move from India and Pakistan as Islamabad had sent its probe team to Pathankot. They were handed over all the documents and allowed to question everyone except security personnel involved in foiling the attempts of the terrorists.
However, the Pakistani team, upon their return, claimed that India neither shared much of evidence nor allowed it to interrogate the security personnel involved in dealing with the attack.
Giving details about the infiltration and activities of the four terrorists, the NIA said in its charge sheet that all the four terrorists underwent extensive motivational, physical, military and tactical training and were radicalized to carry out terror strikes in India.
The four terrorists armed with ammunition and other logistical items illegally crossed the Indo-Pak international border through the forest area near the Simbal Border Outpost on 30 December. Empty food packets manufactured in Pakistan and other food articles from the neighbouring country were recovered from the forest area near the Simbal Border Outpost, during investigation.
After infiltrating into the Indian side, these terrorists reached the road from Bhagwal village to Janial. On 31 December, at around 2130 hours, they hijacked a taxi bearing registration number PB06-G-0061, along with the driver, Ikagar Singh, who was going from village Bhagwal to Janial.
The terrorists snatched the mobile phone of Ikagar Singh and used the same to communicate with their handler, Kashif Jan and senior leaders and operatives of the Jaish-e-Mohammad in Pakistan, on three Pakistan mobile numbers 923453030479, 923213132786 and 923017775253. Their vehicle met with an accident at the Dhusi turn near the Ravi River Bridge after which the terrorists brutally killed Ikagar Singh and dumped his dead body in the nearby bushes.
Thereafter, the terrorists drove the damaged vehicle and abandoned it at a service station at Kolian Morh in Pathankot. During investigation, the DNA profiles recovered from the dagger, seized from the possession of one of the dead terrorists (Nisar), matched with that of Ikagar Singh, thereby conclusively establishing that he had killed Ikagar Singh.
Similarly, DNA profile of two terrorists was found on an energy drink can, recovered from the vehicle of Ikagar Singh. After abandoning the damaged vehicle of Ikagar Singh at Kolian Morh, the terrorists hid in the nearby sugarcane fields and waited for a vehicle to come.
They hijacked a Mahindra XUV bearing registration number PB02-BW-0313 of Salvinder Singh, Superintendent of Punjab Police, and moved towards the Air Force Station, Pathankot after taking control of the vehicle. They snatched the mobile phones of the victims and used them to communicate with their handler, Kashif Jan and senior leaders and operatives of the JeM in Pakistan on the four Pakistan numbers — 923453030479, 923466746667, 923000957212 and 923024880619.
After some time, the terrorists tied, blindfolded and dumped Salvinder Singh and his cook Madan Gopal at an abandoned place in a forest area near village Gulpur Simli on way to the Air Force Station, Pathankot. However, they took the third occupant, Rajesh Verma, a jeweller, along with them.
Singh and his cook managed to untie themselves and rushed to the nearby Gulpur Simli village on foot for help, the charge sheet said, adding the terrorists, on learning later from Verma that Singh was a police officer, informed their handler who directed them to go back and look for him.
Since the duo had already left the spot, the terrorists resumed their journey to the Air Force Station. At around 0400 hrs on January one, the terrorists reached village Akalgarh near the Air Force Station in Pathankot and tied Rajesh Verma.
They slit his throat with an intention to kill him and abandoned him and the vehicle in the sugarcane fields at around 0400 hrs. Thereafter, they moved towards the IAF Station on foot.
Meanwhile, Rajesh Verma managed to untie himself and rushed to the Akalgarh village for help, the NIA said, adding as per the forensic report collected during investigation, the DNA profile of the genetic material lifted from the energy drink can, recovered from the Mahindra XUV vehicle, matched with that of a deceased terrorist.
The DNA profile of the genetic material lifted from the dagger recovered from the possession of another terrorist matched with that of the victims Verma and Ikagar Singh. Similarly, the profile of the trace DNA lifted from the handle of the dagger, matched with that of another terrorist. The seat belt of the Mahindra XUV was cut and used to tie one of the victims.
As per the forensic report, the seat belt pieces recovered from the forest area, where the terrorists had dumped Singh and his cook, matched with the remaining seat belt pieces of the Mahindra XUV vehicle.
One walkie-talkie set belonging to the terrorists and one slip written in English were recovered from the Mahindra vehicle. The terrorists had left the slip in which it was written, “Jaish E Muhamad Zindabad Tanghdar se le kar Samba Kathua Rajbagh Aur Delhi tak Afzal Guru Shadeed Kay Jan nisar Tum ko meltay rahege. Insha Allah. A.G.S. 25-12-15″.
The iPhone of Rajesh Verma, which was snatched by the terrorists, was recovered from the ‘nallah’ near the perimeter wall inside the IAF station where the terrorists had hidden before carrying out the attack.
Investigation showed that after abandoning the Mahindra XUV vehicle, the terrorists moved to the western side of the IAF station on foot and forced their entry after cutting the wire fencing over the western side of the perimeter wall before getting inside the airbase in the wee hours of January one.
As per the forensic analysis report, the marks of the cutting tool recovered from the terrorists, matched with the marks on the cut portion of the fencing wire. Also the climbing rope used by them and recovered from the perimeter wall matched with the rope recovered from the Mahindra XUV vehicle.
A glove and a woollen cap, similar to those recovered from the terrorists, were recovered entangled with the wire fencing over the perimeter wall. Further there were marks of climbing over the eucalyptus tree, just outside the perimeter wall panel and also on the other side of the perimeter wall.
After getting inside the IAF Station, the terrorists hid themselves inside the ‘nallah’ and the dilapidated MES Store sheds till the time they launched the assault.
As per the forensic report, the shoe imprints lifted from the ‘nallah’ matched with the shoes of a terrorist.
One of the four terrorists identified as Nasir made attempts to call a Pakistan telephone number 923466746667, belonging to one Khayam Bhatti who runs a merchandise shop in Sailkot, using the snatched Indian mobile number but could not converse.
He again made a call to a different Pakistani number 923000957212 and during this conversation, he disclosed the names of his other three associates as Major, Abu Bakar and Umar.
During the day, as they were hiding, he again called and expressed his desire to the person on the other side to talk to a woman whom he addressed as his mother and the call lasted for 18 minutes.
Nasir told the woman that they had infiltrated into the Indian territory at ‘do baje (0200 hours)’ on Wednesday (which was 30 December) and also told her that he had killed two persons referring to Ikagar Singh and the injured victim Rajesh Verma, whose throat was slit by the terrorist but he happened to survive.
He also spoke to his brother and cousin, who is referred to by the name Babar, and to another person whom he called Munna.
While speaking to the woman addressed as his mother, Nasir asked her to record his conversation on the mobile set. During his conversation with her, Nasir mentioned about one “Ustad” who was supposed to come to her with his “Wasihat” (will) after his death.
He also disclosed that they were hiding inside the IAF station (referred to as Camp in conversation) and waiting to carry out the terror attack.
The terrorists launched the attack early in the morning on 2 January and the gunfight between the Garud commandos and the terrorists started in the MES yard at about 0320 hrs.
The terrorists fired and lobbed grenades indiscriminately towards the Garud Commandos, while moving out of the yard, the NIA said, adding during the gunfight one Garud Commando was killed and two others were injured.
The terrorists also specifically targeted fuel tanks of the vehicles parked in the section setting them on fire, causing severe damage to the vehicles and the buildings, so as to cause panic.
The four terrorists then moved southwards firing indiscriminately and lobbing grenades in which an IAF personnel
lost his life.
Thereafter they crossed the billets near the Peer Baba Mazar and kept on firing indiscriminately injuring one personnel, on the first floor verandah of the billet.
They then entered the mess area where they killed Hon Capt Fateh Singh and later two more IAF personnel, the NIA said, adding one of the terrorists was killed in the retaliatory fire by then.
The remaining terrorists hid in the thick dry vegetation near the DSC lawns and the NSG and Army units then cordoned off this area and, subsequently, neutralized these three terrorists on January two.
During the operation, seven persons were martyred and 37 persons were injured inside the IAF Station.
NIA investigators collected sufficient evidence in terms of statements of the witnesses to establish that the terrorists had been trained, motivated and radicalised by Maulana Masood Azhar and Mufti Abdul Rauf.
It has also been established through legal intercepts and statements of witnesses, that Kashif Jan and Shahid Latif had guided, equipped and launched the four terrorists, who carried out the terrorist attack at the IAF Station.
The recoveries from the scene of crime, material and documentary evidence, forensic reports and extensive call data analysis, conclusively establish the complicity of the terrorists of JeM, in the attack at the Airbase, the agency said.
First Published On : Dec 20, 2016 12:05 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) filled a charge sheet against against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar in the Pathankot attack, India took on Pakistan at the United Nations and called on the hostile neighbour to leave behind its ways of terrorism, with the warning saying that, ‘what you sow will bear fruit’.Speaking at the United Nations Security Council, India’s permanent envoy to the UN Syed Akbaruddin in a veiled attack on Pakistan, said that safe havens being provided to terrorists must be dealt with in order to bring sustainable peace. “We need to address, as an imperative, the support that terrorist organisations like the Taliban, Haqqani Network, Daesh, Al-Qaeda and its designated affiliates such as Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed which operate entirely outside the fabric of international law draw from their shadowy supporters outside Afghanistan,” he said.Quoting poet Rumi, Akbaruddin said “what you sow will bear fruit. If you’ve any sense my friend, don’t plant anything but peace,” which seemed to be a clear message to Islamabad to refrain from stooping to terrorism.The NIA on Monday filed a chargesheet in the NIA special court against senior commanders of Jaish-e-Mohammed including its Chief Maulana Masood Azhar, for their involvement in the terrorist attack at Pathankot Airbase on 2nd January, 2016.The NIA has filed charge sheet against four accused persons namely:1. Maulana Masood Azhar: Chief of the terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), resident of Bahawalpur, Pakistan.2. Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar: Deputy Chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad and brother of Maulana Masood Azhar, resident of Bahawalpur, Pakistan.3. Shahid Latif: launching commander, resident of Mor Aminabad, Gujranwala, Pakistan.4. Kashif Jan: main handler of Pathankot attackers, resident of Charsada, Pakistan.They have been charged for commission of offences under sections 120B, 121, 121A, 302, 307, 364, 365, 367, 368, 397 of the Indian Penal Code, sections 16, 18, 20, 23, 38 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, section 25, 27 of the Arms Act, 1959, Sections 3(b) of the Explosive Substances Act, 1908 and section 4 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, in the chargesheet.It was established during investigation that the terrorists entered into a criminal conspiracy to infiltrate into the territory of India and to commit terrorist attack and wage war against the Government of India.In pursuance of the said criminal conspiracy, the accused persons, their leaders, handlers and co-conspirators including but not limited to Maulana Masood Azhar, Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar, Kashif Jan and Shahid Latif, set up training camps in Pakistan and the PoK area, for recruitment and training of terrorists, in order to carry out terror attacks on the Indian soil.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and four other senior operatives of the proscribed terror outfit were sentenced to death by a NIA special court on Monday for carrying out twins blasts at Hyderabad’s Dilsukhnagar in 2013 that claimed lives of 18 people. It is perhaps the first time that a senior-most operative of a terror outfit was awarded a death sentence in India.On December 13, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court at Hyderabad, on completion of trial, had convicted the five accused for commission of offences. “Today, the court heard the arguments of prosecution on sentence, and later sentenced the accused to various punishments on different counts, including the highest punishment of death penalty, for commission of terrorist acts and waging war against the Government of India,” NIA said in a statement.The four others to get death penalty are Bhatkal, Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas, Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, Tahaseen Akhtar and Aijaz Sheikh. A total of six persons were named as accused in the case—including IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal, the prime accused, who is absconding and believed to be hiding in Pakistan.During the trial, the prosecution examined a total of 157 witnesses. A total of 486 exhibits and 173 material objects were marked during the trial as evidence.According to the NIA, Riyaz Bhatkal arranged for explosive substances and directed Asadullah Akhtar and Zia-ur-Rahman to receive the same in Mangalore. The money was sent by Riyaz through hawala channels. The probe had revealed that Asadullah Akhtar and Waqas reached Hyderabad and joined Tahseen Akhtar, who was already hiding there and subsequently prepared two IEDs after procuring the required materials.After preparation of the IEDs on February 21, 2013, the accused mounted two bombs on two bicycles and planted them in two separate places in Dilsukhnagar area. The blasts claimed lives of 18 persons, including one unborn child, and left 131 injured. The first blast took place at around 7 pm near 107 Bus Stop at Dilsukhnagar, in the limits of Malakpet Police Station of Hyderabad city and the second one after a few seconds near the A-1 Mirchi Centre shop at Dilsukhnagar, in the limits of Saroornagar Police Station of Cyberabad City.During the course of investigation, Yaseen Bhatkal and Asadullah Akhtar were arrested from Indo-Nepal border in August 2013 by NIA. Tehseen Akhtar, who originally hails from Bihar and Zia ur Rehman, a Pakistani national, were arrested by Delhi police in Rajasthan on March 22, 201. NIA took them into their custody in May, 2014. Aijaz Sheikh, of Pune, Maharashtra, was arrested for his involvement in the terror conspiracy of the crime.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The process of extradition of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother and two others will begin soon with the filing of a charge sheet by the NIA in connection with terror attack at Pathankot airbase, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Monday. “A total of eight people were involved in the terror attack at Pathankot. Four are dead and four are alive and living in Pakistan. Since the charge sheet has been filed, the process of extraditing them from Pakistan will begin with the issuance of Interpol Red Corner Notice,” he told reporters here. Rijiju termed the filing of the charge sheet at the NIA court at Panchkula as a “huge break through”.The Minister of State for Home said since Pakistan is “incorrigible”, India has to put pressure on the neighbouring country to extradite the four persons living in Pakistan on the basis of the evidence gathered by the NIA. “Pakistan is already under pressure. The World knows that these two brothers are living in Pakistan and doing all kinds of terror acts,” he said. NIA today filed a charge sheet against Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother and two others for hatching the conspiracy of the January two audacious terror strike that left seven personnel dead and 37 others injured.The charge sheet was filed in the NIA court at Panchkula in which all the four have been slapped with charges under Indian Penal Code, Explosive Substances Act, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Besides Azhar, his brother Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar and two handlers — Shahid Latif and Kashif Jan — have been named in the exhaustive charge sheet. While Interpol Red Corner Notice against three has been issued, the same was pending against Jan, the NIA said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A seven-member team of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States, have arrived in West Bengal to interrogate ISIS operative Musa. The team arrived at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) office in Kolkata on Thursday afternoon. 25-year-old Mohammad Masiuddin alias Musa was arrested from Burdwan railway station by the CID on July 4 on charges of radicalising youths to join ISIS. Later, the probe was taken over by the NIA and the agency is currently probing his links to Jamaat-Ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and also the Dhaka attacks. While the Superintendent of Police of the zonal unit of NIA in Kolkata, Soumitra Dhar refused to divulge the reason of interrogation, sources in the NIA reveal that Musa had agreed to take on an assignment from a JMB leader Abu Suleiman to target foreigners and US nationals in India and behead them.In March 2015, Musa had met Abu Suleiman in West Bengal during his sister’s wedding. Musa had been in touch with Suleiman over Facebook, but Suleiman had expressed his wish to meet Musa in person. Later, Musa invited him to attend his sister’s wedding, held in Bengal. Suleiman is now on the run and both – the Indian and Bangladeshi governments are looking for him.Musa came under the scanner of CID and NIA after his e-mails and calls were traced to Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Syria. Officials in the investigating agency highlight that he had been touch with several ISIS operatives in Syria through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Initial investigations revealed that he had also been in touch with several JMB operatives in Bangladesh.Earlier, in the month of August, a three-member-team of Bangladesh’s security intelligence department had also come to Kolkata to interrogate Musa.
New Delhi: The NIA on Wednesday registered a case with regard to the 29 November terror attack on an army base in Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir, in which seven Indian soldiers, including two officers, were killed.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered the case at its police station in Delhi following instructions from the Union Home Ministry.
The case has been filed for offences under sections 120B, 121, 307 of the Ranbir Penal Code or RPC and sections 7, 27 of the Arms Act, 1958.
The case was earlier filed at the Nagrota Police Station against unidentified terrorists, who had entered the army camp near the Baleeni Bridge.
“The case at the Nagrota Police Station was registered on the basis of information received at the police station that on November 29, some heavily armed unknown terrorists, on the directions of their foreign handlers, had entered into the Army Camp at Nagrota, near the Baleeni Bridge and started indiscriminate firing on the army personnel with the intention to kill them,” the NIA said in a statement.
A team of NIA officers will visit the crime scene and start the investigation. It will also place the FIR before the NIA Special Court in Jammu.
First Published On : Dec 7, 2016 18:54 IST
Tue, 6 Dec 2016-11:50pm , Mumbai , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A special court on Tuesday rejected the National Investigation Agency’s application seeking a lie- detector test on the guest relationship manager of Zakir Naik- led Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) who was arrested for allegedly indoctrinating youths into joining ISIS.The NIA, which had taken Arshi Qureshi into custody on November 30 along with two others, moved the court yesterday seeking its permission. However, Qureshi did not give his consent to the procedure. “The court has rejected the NIA application’s after Qureshi did not consent to it and as per the Supreme Court guidelines, no tests can be conducted without the permission of the accused,” said his lawyer Ishrat Khan.Qureshi was sent to NIA’s custody last week till December 7. He along with Rizwan Khan and Mohammed Haneef were booked based on a complaint made by Abdul Majid Abdul Kader – the father of Ashfaq, one of the 22 youths who had allegedly joined ISIS. Mumbai-based IRF was banned by Union government last month for a period of five years under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The sudden and surprise currency reforms announced early this month to demonetize high value denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 targeted at the hoarding of black money and eliminate the fake notes in circulation is most likely to have a wide reaching impact on the criminal-terrorism nexus. Demonetization will deal a severe body blow to the bad money generated by the underworld, black marketers, criminals, dealers and terrorists, temporarily. But it is not a permanent death knell for terror groups, intelligence officials and counter-terrorism, experts warn.The top brass of government, from Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar to Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh has been vocal in linking demonetization to hitting the core of financing of terrorism. In his statement to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that insurgent groups in North East, Maoists and terror groups in Kashmir have suffered loses of around Rs 800 crore. The money amassed by the armed groups mostly in cash through extortion, taxation and illicit hawala transfers to sustain their operations, logistics and support their manpower, is now as good as scrap paper. While choking the financial artery of terrorists groups will weaken their capability to some extent, this single step of currency reforms will not eradicate terrorism entirely—which emerges in several complex and ambiguous social, ethnic and national interactions, experts on counter-terrorism say.”Demonetization has definitely dealt a blow to terrorist groups as their cash reserves stored in bulk is now redundant,” said Col Vivek Chaddha, author of Lifeblood of Terrorism while adding that one needs to look at the source of funding and not the means. “The move of demonetization will not impact all sources of terror funding. This is not a permanent death blow to terrorism,” he said.India is among the top ten countries—it currently ranks eighth in the 2016 Global Terrorism Index — impacted by terrorism. The report prepared by the Institute for Economics and Peace that ranks countries most affected by terrorism in the world also observes that the nature of terrorism in India is different than in countries like Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan as the groups have `very local goals’. “ Many of the groups are seeking political recognition, with attacks not aimed at killing people.” The analysis of the terror attacks in India in the report shows no fatalities in 75 per cent of attacks. Terror and insurgent groups are active largely in three theaters of conflict; characterized by Islamist groups in the militancy and the separatist movement in Kashmir, insurgent groups in the northeastern states and Maoist groups. Under section 35 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the government has banned 37 terrorists’ groups including global organizations like Islamic State and al Qaeda.Terror funding sourcesThe local nature of terrorism in India means financing of terrorism is not on exorbitant scale. It is reported that terror groups use 0.05 per cent roughly accounting to Rs 800 crore of the total money in circulation in India for funding activities. Money generated or sourced by terror groups in India emanate through sources like hawala, fake currency notes from Pakistan for the militant groups and separatist movement in Kashmir, extortion in the North East and taxation in the Maoist infested areas. Terrorists groups like the Dawood Ibrahim network, LeT, Hizbul Mujaheedin, Indian Mujaheedin and the IS inspired modules have also used investment in real estate, NGOs as a front and self-funding to sponsor its activities. According to a November 2015 report on terrorist financing to the G20 leaders on actions taken by the Financial Action Task Force—the inter-governmental body for combating money laundering and terrorist financing– India has frozen funds amounting to Rs 2.18 crore of banned terror groups.Despite being a victim of terrorism for decades, India enacted anti-terrorist financing legislations only in 2010 by amending the Prevention of Money Laundering rules. In 2013, Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) was included in the ambit of UAPA making counterfeiting and its circulation a terrorism related offence. This has allowed National Investigation Agency–set up in 2008 in the aftermath of the brazen 26/11 terror attack and siege in Mumbai—which acts as a Counter Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency to investigate offences related to financing of terrorism.Since 2009, NIA has investigated 11 cases related to terror funding. Prominent among them include cases against Babar Khalsa International operatives in Canada transferring funds to their counterparts in Punjab through front organizations for distribution to sleeper cells, jailed terrorists and the families of the terrorists, Assam based Dima Halem Daogah (Jewel) for procurement of arms and ammunition with cash involving Rs 1 crore, Ningthoujam Tomba alias N Rajen Singh, the self-styled Finance Secretary and Commander in chief of Manipur based Kanglei Yaol Kanba Lup (KYKL). “We were able to trace the funding in these cases directly with the leaders and members of the banned terrorist groups. Our investigations led us to evidence in the form of banking transactions, suspicious bank accounts, purchase of property, tax rate sheets for extortion,” an NIA official who worked in the financial intelligence unit said.“Terror groups need ready cash for various back operations and logistics support in their day to day use. Hawala transactions are a favored channel as it is prompt and works on trust quotient within a small network. Large funds are transferred without actual movement of money through codes. Similarly, money collected through taxes and extortion is stored in cash. The demonetization move has now majorly affected this operation,” the officer added.Terror Funding OperationsKashmir: The network for funding of the militancy and separatist movement in Kashmir exists and originates from Pakistan, J&K police officials said. In the initial years of militancy, intelligence officials recalled local population who supported the armed movement against India would help with funding. Separatist groups used militancy to garner further support from local population and used the money coming through hawala to recruit cadres and expand their area of influence throughout the valley. In addition to infiltrating militants carrying cash on them, wire transfers, investment in real estate, use of cross-border trade, FICN and financing through front NGOs are the other popular channels of funding in the nearly three decades of conflict in the valley.Hawala: The hawala network is in place in valley since 1989. It originates from Pakistan via Gulf areas and ends up in Kashmir. Some of the well known cases of hawala transaction include the 1993 case of Ikhwan-ul-Muslimeen where over Rs 30 lakhs were allegedly sent to the chief of the armed group, and a seizure of an estimated Rs 40 lakh in 1997. “Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) used their channels through a carpet company in Dubai to send the money,” said a senior J&K police official.A big sum of cash transactions is reserved for the over ground workers—prized assets of both the militant groups and the security agencies– support the militants and help them sustain in the valley. “The OGW’s provide safe havens for the local and Pakistani militants to stay, food, logistics and strategic information vital for infiltration or cross-border travel of the militants and in planning of terror attacks,” said an intelligence official elaborating on the expenses made through hawala.FICN: Officials say in recent years as militancy began to wane down, militants in the Valley don’t have much use for cash. Police officials have recovered small amounts of around Rs 20,000-30,000 from dead or arrested militants. Documents accessed by dna reveal cash in hand recovered from militants killed by security forces since the last three years and FICN confiscated to be of in small sums, well under Rs 10 lakhs (see box). FICN is also pumped in the Indian territory through Nepal and Bengal borders. High quality FICN with close visual replication of the original currency is printed in Pakistan, according to a NIA charge sheet. Annually, an estimated Rs 70 crore of FICN is infiltrated by Pakistan as a strategy of economic warfare against India. NIA officials said roughly one third of the FICN in circulation gets seized; the rest gets absorbed in the official banking channels.According to the annual report of RBI released in August this year, evaluation of currency monitoring indicates that FICN comprises 0.071 per cent of the total currency in circulation: of the total 18 lakh crore currency in circulation, FICN accounts to a mere Rs 400 crore. Demonetization has been successful in winding counterfeiting business of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. However, networks in Pakistan still have the capability of counterfeiting Rs 100 denomination currency. Of the total FICN detected by the banks in 2015-16, 35 per cent was accounted to Rs 100, according to the Ministry of Finance data.Maoists: Left Wing Extremism (LWE) spread across 106 districts in ten states is the most active and lethal insurgency in the internal security. Maoist factions and groups have territorial control in tribal and forest areas called as `liberated zones’. These zones have an illegal system of taxation (see box) imposed on organizations, companies, civil contractors and tribals.Taxation: The illegal taxes collected in cash forms backbone of the funding of Maoist groups, said intelligence officials. “There is a fixed percentage levied on contractors, mine owners, coal mafia, brick kilns annually or project basis by the Maoists. This cut is received in cash and stored in bulk and is used within the LWE affected areas,” said a CRPF senior official posted in Chhattisgarh. Intelligence officials estimate the economy for Maoists activity in Chhattisgarh, the worst affected from LWE violence to be approximately Rs 150-Rs 200 crore. “Maoists are now forcing tribals and big businessmen to get the old high currency notes exchanged and pay the taxes in new Rs 2,000 or Rs 100 notes. There is a flurry of activity to save whatever they can from the old notes,” a CRPF official said. On November 14, BSF seized unaccounted cash over Rs 5 lakhs in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations from a man travelling in a bus in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh. Officials believe this money was being taken to exchange in new notes at the behest of Maoist leaders. “To recover from the blow of demonetization, Maoist groups will put the onus of providing legal currency tender from the tax payers.”North East: Maximum number of armed insurgent groups is active in the north east region fighting against the Indian state for various ethnic-political demands including secession. Extortion and money from real estate is a bulk of primary funding source of these groups. The porous border to Myanmar and Bangladesh has also facilitated organized crimes of drug trafficking and FICN involving insurgent groups.Members of scheduled tribe residing in specified areas are exempted under Section 10(26) of the Income Tax Act, 1995, from declaring their income or revenue earned in the areas. “The insurgent groups are likely to use bank accounts of tribal and proxies for channelizing their bad money,” said a former police officer from Manipur adding that intelligence, police and IT officials need to be vigilant on suspicious transactions. “Demonetization can be an opportunity to keep a close watch on the financial activities of armed groups and clampdown at the right time. This can paralyze them for a long time.”Extortion: Similar to the Maoist groups, insurgent groups in the NE extort a fixed sum from the general public, businessmen, contractors, commercial establishments, shopkeepers and also make kidnappings for ransom. NIA charge sheet on the Assam based Dima Halam Daogah (J) notes that the insurgent group was siphoning through government funds with the help of elected members of council, government officials and contractors to finance their activities. It also found that funds earmarked for the North Cachar Hills Autonomous District Council (NCHAC) were forcefully channeled to fund DHD (J) activities and buying funds, with the later indulging in death threats, intimidation and murder of elected representatives. NIA has also seized documents from terror group KYKL that show tax rates for different organizations confirming extorting in the name of its leader Ninghoujam Tomba.Banking channels and NGOs: Contrary to the perception that terrorist groups only deal in black money, their leaders have misused banking channels to transfer funds in pursuance of criminal offences. Before his arrest in 2010, leader of banned group KYKL, N Tomba used his bank account in ICICI Guwahati branch to receive funds collected through extortion. NIA chargesheet claims that Tomba used funds from his bank account to purchase a house and vehicle, even issuing demand drafts for purchase of land. Kashmir based militant group Hizbul Mujaheedin too has received Rs 80 crore from a front organization, Jammu Kashmir Affectees Relief Trust (JKART) based in Pakistan. The funds were transferred from Pakistan to the HM cadres and families of dead militants in Kashmir, extensively through banking channels.(inputs from Azaan Javaid)Terror funding cases investigated by NIACases: 11Cash seized: Rs 1.13 croreAssets seized: 7.5 acres of land, a flat, vehicle and motor bikeConvicted: 19 accusedCash and FICN recovered from militants in KashmirCash recovered201420152016Indian currencyRs 2,63,180Rs 5,20,260Rs 3,66,000Pakistan currencyRs 10NilRs 4,540Fake Indian currencyRs 2,75,500Rs 1,81,500NilMaoist TaxationGraphics: Can show a map of India with Kashmir, North East and Maoist areas as active conflict zones. The above boxes can be linked with arrows to these zones.
The arrest of five persons from Tamil Nadu by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the blasts at five lower courts in south India strengthens the fears of Kerala police about the reincarnation of the proscribed Al-Umma as a new terror outfit.
Senior officials believe that the outfit called Base Movement is a regrouping of Al-Umma, which was banned following the Coimbatore blasts in 1998, and a section of the Al-qaeda. It came up with bases in Tamil Nadu and Kerala after Al-qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri launched Al-qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) in August 2014.
A senior officer involved in the probe into the blast at Malappuram collectorate said that Al-Umma may have transformed into Base Movement after it came under police scanner in connection with various blasts including the one outside BJP’s office at Malleswaram in Bangalore.
The officer, who chose to remain anonymous, told Firstpost that the outlawed outfit may have assumed the new name in order to divert the attention of the security agencies. While Al-Umma mostly targetted Hindu shrines and leaders, the focus of the Base Movement so far has been courts.
The new outfit registered its presence by planting a bomb on the premises of a court complex at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh on 7 April. The Chittoor blast was followed by a second blast at the collectorate-cum-district courts complex at Kollam in Kerala in June.
The Principal District Judge Court complex at Mysuru in Karantaka was the third target, when a pressure cooker bomb went off there on 1 August. This was followed by a fourth low-intensity blast on the premises of Nellore district court in Andhra Pradesh on September 12 and the fifth near the first class magistrate court at Malappuram in Kerala.
Reports said that the outfit had planned more such attacks in Maharashtra, Telengana and Kerala besides targeting nearly two dozen VIPs, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The NIA got the details of the plan from the interrogation of the five persons arrested from Madurai and Chennai on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
Although all the Base Movement operatives detained by the NIA are from Tamil Nadu, the state did not figure in their target. Police officials believe that this may be to avoid any suspicion and ensure their smooth operation from Tamil Nadu.
The Al-Umma was banned following its involvement in the Coimbatore blasts. The judicial probe into the blast revealed that the outfit that came into existence in the wake of the Babri Mosque demolition in 1992 hatched the explosion in a bid to eliminate senior BJP leader L K Advani.
The probe found that blasts in which 58 people were killed was hatched by Al-Umma with the help of Kerala-based People’s Democratic Party headed by Abdul Nasser Madhani to avenge the demolition of the Babri mosque.
Police officials believe that the Base Movement may have been trying to build itself by scaling up its targets gradually. Their initial operations were not intended to kill anybody. The IEDs used for the low intensity blasts in the five places did not have any shrapnel attached to it. The devices were planted at places where minimum casualties could occur.
Sunil Babu K, Kanhangad deputy superintendent of police and the investigating officer of the case, said the initial objective of outfit was only to spread fear. They also may have sought to send a message by selecting lower courts as their targets. The officer said that the outfit was concerned over the continued detention of Madhani in a jail in Bangalore and the killing of five Muslim youths in a police encounter in Andhra Pradesh in April 2015.
In a pen-drive left at the Chittur blast site, the activists of the Base Movement had referred to the killing of the youths, who included erstwhile Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) leader Viqaruddin Ahmed. They were killed while being taken to a court.
Soon After the blast at Chittur, the group had also sent a letter to the Deputy Commissioner of Commercial Taxes there claiming that they had carried out the explosion as an act of retaliation for the killing of the youths.
The Base Movement had begun its activities after informing Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. A letter sent by post to his secretary in January 2015 informed him that they were beginning their activities that year. The letter contained a map of India and a picture of slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
The second letter was sent to French consulate in Bengaluru in January 2016 marking their protest against the visit of their President Francois Hollande. It also contained the map of India and Osama bin Laden’s picture. The group had left these signs behind the two explosions at Kollam and Malappuram in Kerala as well. However, the NIA has not got any clue regarding involvement of people from the state in the blasts.
Malappuram district superintendent of police Debesh Kumar Behera does not rule the involvement of local people behind the blast at the collectorate. He said that a team of police officials from the district would question the five persons arrested by the NIA to find out their local links.
“The NIA and police officials from different states are involved in the investigation. We will have to wait till the arrested persons are remanded to the police custody for interrogating them. We hope to get a chance by the end of this week,” the SP told the Firstpost. He said that the police did not know much about the Base Movement. He said that he also could not confirm whether members of the erstwhile Al-Umma were behind the new group until they investigated the matter thoroughly.
Highly placed sources said NIA would take over the investigation as there are striking similarities between all the recent blasts. The special investigation team formed by the Kerala police to investigate the blast had suspected some persons with links with Al-Umma behind the blast.
They include K P Noohu alias Mankave Rasheed, who has been absconding since the Coimbatore blast and Ooma Babu and S Kunjimuhammad, two of the accused in the blast case. All the three hail from north Kerala.
The sources believe that Abubacker Siddique alias Kakkam, who is declared as one of the 12 most wanted extremists, could have brought the different terror modules under the single banner of the Base Movement. A post graduate in English literature, he carries a reward of Rs.2 lakhs on his head.
Siddique, who hails from Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu, has seven cases pending against him, including the blast at Hindu Munnani office in Chennai in 1995, parcel bomb case in Nagapattinam in 1995, Trichy cantonment bomb case in 1999 and Chittoor bomb blast case in 2016.
A team of police officials from Malappuram had visited his house at Nagapttinam following the blast at the collectorate. Siddique who had received training in Pakistan and Afghanistan is suspected to be behind the letters that the Base Movement sent to various people.
Thrissur Range Inspector General of Police S Ajith Kumar, who is monitoring the investigation, said that only NIA would be able to say more about the links of various people with the terrorist outfit involved in the blasts. He said that the state police was rendering all required assistance to the agency in the investigation.
First Published On : Nov 30, 2016 19:38 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Furthering its probe into a series of blasts that took place in various court premises in southern states of India, the National Investigation (NIA) arrested two more individuals on Tuesday afternoon. The number of arrested individuals now stands at five, with the probe agency claiming that the accused men belong to a new outfit which pledges allegiance to Al-Qaeda.NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal on Tuesday said that Mohammed Ayub Ali, who had been detained last night, was put under arrest along with another youth named Shamsudeen. Both are 25-years-old. Ali, a native of Madurai, works as a public liaison officer for a hearing aid company. Shamsudeen is also a resident of Madurai and his name cropped up during interrogation of others arrested by the NIA. According to the probe agency, the suspects (all in their 20s), belong to a relatively new outfit named Base Movement which had taken responsibility for the low intensity blasts in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka. The outfit claimed responsibility for at least three low-intensity blasts that took place in the court premises of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala by dispatching a letter to the authorities bearing a map of India and a photo of slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. A similar letter was sent ahead of French President Francois Hollande’s visit to India in January this year.The other three accused were identified as Abbas Ali (27), Suleiman (23) and Samsum Karim Raja. Abbas is a resident of Ismailpuram area in Madurai. According to NIA he studied up to 8th standard and is a painter by profession. NIA said that Abbas also ran a library in the name Darul-ilim’ in Madurai. Suleiman, originally from Madurai, works in a software firm and was based in Chennai. NIA said that he was the “main leader of the terrorist gang”. Samsum, the NIA said, is a B.Com graduate and runs a chicken broiler shop at Kannimara Koil street in Madurai. Officials believe that the Base Movement is a result of the regrouping of an Islamist outfit by the name al Ummah. Nagapattinam native Abu Bakr Siddique, 51, one of the master-minds in the Bangalore blast at the BJP office in 2013, is believed to be the leader of the outfit. Siddique was absconding between 1999 and 2011 and police is investigating if he, like some of the al Ummah members, left to join the jihad in Afghanistan.
New Delhi: Carrying out with its probe in the blasts outside court premises in South India since April this year, NIA on Tuesday arrested two more persons for allegedly being involved in the conspiracy to carry out bomb explosions by a group sympathising with terror outfit al-Qaeda.
With Tuesday’s arrest, the number of people arrested in the case has gone upto five. The NIA, along with police forces from Tamil Nadu and Telangana, had arrested three persons on Monday for the five bomb blast cases in court premises of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka since April.
Among the arrests effected today was Mohammed Ayub Ali, who had been detained last night. Ali (25) of Madurai, who works as a public liaison officer for a hearing aid company, was placed under arrest today, NIA spokesman said.
The other person arrested was Shamsudeen, 25, a resident of Madurai after his name cropped up during interrogation of others arrested by the NIA.
The cases relate to blasts inside a vehicle at a parking place at district court complex, in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh on April 7; in a parking area of CJM Court Complex at Kollam in Kerala on June 15; inside court complex at Mysuru on 1 August, in Nellore of Andhra Pradesh on September 12 and inside a toilet complex of judicial court, Malappuram in Kerala on 1 November.
The NIA had arrested Abbas Ali, Suleiman and Samsum Karim Raja, all residents of Tamil Nadu.
The NIA spokesman had claimed that the arrested accused “during sustained interrogation confessed to their involvement in these blasts.”
Ali, a school dropout, was working as a painter and also ran a library in the name ‘Darul Ilm’ at Madurai. Raja is a Commerce graduate and runs a chicken broiler shop at Kannimara Koil street in Madurai.
Suleiman was working in a software firm. He was the main leader of the terrorist group which was influenced by the ideology of Osama bin Laden.
The group had claimed responsibility for these blasts and circulated pamphlets, pen drives and CDs in the name of “The Base Movement”, translation of the word al Qaeda.
First Published On : Nov 29, 2016 15:51 IST
Madurai: In raids in several places, three suspected Al Qaeda operatives were on Monday arrested by the National Investigation Agency, police said.
Police said the three allegedly planned to attack 22 top leaders of the country including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They were allegedly involved in threatening embassies of various countries in India, they said.
Those arrested were identified as M Khareem, Asif Sultan Mohammed and Abbas Ali. While Khareem was arrested from Usmannagar, Asif Sultan Mohammed was picked up from GR Nagar and Abbas Ali from Ismailpuram, police said.
Explosive materials were also seized from them.
Police said NIA raided several places on specific information that suspected Al Qaeda activists were operating from South Tamil Nadu in and around Madurai.
“Explosive materials and arms have been seized from them,” police said, declining to elaborate.
The trio was allegedly running the Al Qaeda unit in South Tamil Nadu. They were also allegedly involved in the explosions that took place in various courts in the country over a period of time, police added.
The NIA were also searching for two other suspected Al Qaeda operatives, Hakeem and Dawood Sulaiman, they said.
First Published On : Nov 28, 2016 17:57 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Backing Zakir Naik’s claim that he is being unnecessarily targeted by the Centre, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi on Saturday said the imposition of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against the former’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) is wrong and alleged that the right wing organisations like the RSS and VHP were creating a negative perception about Islam.Azmi told ANI that a conspiracy was being hatched to link Naik’s NGO to terrorist activities.’Zakir Naik was neither given notice nor was he summoned. I reckon that a conspiracy is being created to link Zakir Naik’s foundation to terrorist activities. I have been reiterating from the beginning that Naik, who has been working for the past 25 years in this field, cannot be associated with such anti-national activities. And if he has somehow provocated any other religious community’s sentiment then there are relevant sections which can be used against him. However, imposing UAPA against him is uncalled for,’ he said.However, BJP leader G.V.L Narasimha Rao described Zaik as a ‘national threat’ and said that various government agencies were tracking his NGO for several months.’This government takes initiative only after ascertaining all facts. Zakir Naik doesn’t really have anything to support his claims. His NGO, the IRF, was under scrutiny of the government and various agencies of the government for several months. And only after a thorough inquiry and probe, decision has been taken to ban this organisation under Unlawful Activities Act,’ Rao told ANI.Naik, yesterday, criticised the Centre’s decision to declare the IRF as an ‘outlawed organisation’ under the anti-terror law for its alleged terror activities.Naik yesterday cried foul over the latest developments and said that the entire investigation was completed without any agency asking him a single question about his ‘so-called wrongdoings’.’Not a single chance. No notice, no summons, no calls and no contact ever made with me to get my side of the story. I kept offering my help in investigation, but it wasn’t taken. The entire investigation was completed without any agency asking me a single question about my so-called ‘wrongdoings’,’ read a statement issued by Naik’s office.Expressing his resolve to fight the ban, the Islamic preacher said that he would approach the judiciary.’I have no choice left but to answer them only through the legal system and not personally. Their agenda is open and clear: implicate me by hook or by crook, which I will fight,’ the statement added.Naik’s counsel Mobin Solkar said earlier this month that the case filed by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) against his client under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act is illegal, as the Supreme Court had earlier granted a stay in a similar case and hence any fresh complaint on the same grounds would stand void. Solankar maintained that from 2012 till date, Naik has not given any lecture which can be a cause of action for filing a fresh FIR against him.He, however, conceded that the investigative agency is entitled to search and visit the premises of the IRF owned by Naik and the organisation would comply with all investigative processes carried out by the NIA.Earlier, the authorities blocked the websites of IRF for allegedly spreading objectionable contents, speeches and videos. As per reports, the NIA will also raise the issue of suspension of videos on YouTube and Facebook pages with the U.S. since the servers are located there. The NIA had earlier on November 19 carried out searches at 10 premises of the banned IRF in Mumbai after registering a case against its founder Naik and others under an anti-terror law.
Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, whose NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) was banned by the Narendra Modi-government for five years, has alleged that the ban was timed to the demonetisation announcement to divert media attention. In an open letter released on Friday, Naik termed the ban on IRF as an attack against ‘Muslims’ and has threatened to take legal action against the Modi-government against the move. Naik’s NGO was banned last week for allegedly aiding terror activities. This is the second open letter Naik is writing ever since Naik got into trouble and faced a series of investigations post the Dhaka attacks.
In the letter “to India”, Naik yet again sought to play the ‘muslim card’ saying IRF and himself were “set up for a ban.” Not very different from his first letter, Naik says the ban imposed on IRF is communal in nature. The radical preacher severely criticised the Modi government for banning the organisation and dubbed it a knee-jerk reaction.
“Like the demonetization fiasco, the Modi government’s IRF ban and its modus operandi has been distraught with senseless decisions and knee jerk actions. After having said that the Islamic International School will not be affected, the government goes ahead and freezes the School’s bank account. How will a school survive without its day-to-day expenses being met? We’re talking about the future of hundreds of school children here.”
Naik and IRF came under the government’s scanner after reports emerged that some of the terrorists behind the Dhaka restaurant attack were inspired by his speeches. Naik, in his letter, claims that the Modi government has absolutely no grounds for the banning. Naik has been banned by a few other countries including United Kingdom and Canada for his speeches that advocates the supremacy of Islam over other religions.
In his letter, Naik alleges that Modi-government had decided to ban IRF even before investigators submitted the reports on IRF:
“Before investigations were done, even before reports submitted, the ban was already decided. IRF was to be banned. Whether it was owing to my religion or some other reason, does not matter.”
Investigators had found evidence for IRF’s alleged links to terror activties. Recently, National Investigation Agency (NIA) said that IRF funded at least 300 people, some of whom travelled to the Islamic State areas of Syria and Iraq.
This came into light after the NIA carried out searches for three days at 20 premises during which records related to bank accounts and other financial activities linked with Naik and IRF were seized. NIA also plan to prepare a list of IRF members based abroad to track the money trail, reported DNA.
In addition to it, NIA has handed over a list of over 12 people, including Naik, his family members, close friends and organisations, to all 72 scheduled commercial banks to check whether these people had any account in these financial institutions. According to the above report which has quoted official sources, NIA has sent notices to three private banks to freeze the accounts of Naik and others, which were found to be in operation during the three-day search by it that ended last night, till further orders. In both the letters, NIA has cited Section 43 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for executing such action.
Further in his letter, Naik claims that this “unique ban” was imposed without anyone questioning him. Since the Dhaka attacks, investigating agencies have been scrutinising Naik’s speeches.Like this article in Firstpost argues, preachers like Zakir Naik “…typically play mind games with the enchanted listeners, often selectively quoting (rather twisting) the lines from sacred scriptures, to impose the ultimate idea of religious supremacy in the audience’s psyche and ultimately establish why one should embrace that particular religion. This is arguably the trade technique of televangelists…”
Naik has defended himself claiming that many times that his speeches have always dealt with communal harmony, and he has never supported terrorism. Naik claims himself as an expert on comparative religion and often quotes lines from religious texts in his speeches.
Further in his letter, Naik reiterates that he is “one of the few” who have openly spoken against state-sponsored violence and terrorism. Naik’s arguments, “rather ignorance”, about the relation between religion and the idea of a secular nation are flawed but it is clear why it would convince those who believe in a religion’s supremacy over others. In a February 2012 video (removed from YouTube), addressing a large crowd, Naik implored Muslims to ‘fight for Islam’ and ‘disobey the law of the land if it goes against the law of the creator’. Saying “Vande Mataram,” Naik said, “is not desirable not just Muslims, even Hindus. Why? Because, Hinduism,” Naik says, speaks against the concept of idol worship and hence, it is wrong to bow to the land.”
The hypocrisy of Naik is glaring in the end of the letter, where the preacher, who throughout blamed the government for being communal, plays the communal card himself.
“Don’t such statements and many more by fanatics like Sadhvi Prachi and Yogi Adityanath require them to be arrested and tried under UAPA? Leave aside legal action, the government has neither condemned their actions nor reprimanded them. Is this draconian law mainly meant for Muslims? Muslims who’ve been practicing and propagating their religion peacefully and well within the constitutional framework? Does the UAPA now exist mainly to silence minority groups? I urge my Muslim brothers and sisters in India to rely on Allah alone, unafraid of this vicious campaign against them. Allah says, ‘And if you are patient and fear Allah, their plot will not harm you at all.’ (Al-Qur’an 3:120)”
You can read his full letter here:
Naik also threatens the government of legal action and says that the government is misusing their authority on people and “It needs to change for the future of every one of us.” Naik’s letter is explosive in the way it targets “Indian Muslims” as the preacher goes on to say that the Modi government will fail in its plans and adds that even though the government of India is misusing law to “scare the Indian Muslims”, he will strive harder to spread the message peace, “till my last breath.”
First Published On : Nov 25, 2016 18:50 IST
Zakir Naik’s banned Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) might have funded at least 300 people, some of whom travelled to the Islamic State areas of Syria and Iraq, according to The New Indian Express.
This came into light after the NIA had carried out searches for three days at 20 premises during which records related to bank accounts and other financial activities linked with Naik and IRF were seized. The NIA on Wednesday asked three banks to freeze 25 accounts of controversial preacher Zakir Naik, his family members and IRF, which has been banned under anti-terror law.
NIA is also planning to prepare a thorough list of IRF members not based in India to obtain more information about the funding, reports DNA.
In addition to it, NIA has handed over a list of over 12 people, including Naik, his family members, close friends and organisations, to all 72 scheduled commercial banks to check whether these people had any account in these financial institutions. Official sources said NIA has sent a notices to three private banks to freeze the accounts of Naik and others, which were found to be in operation during the three-day search by it that ended last night, till further orders.
In both the letters, NIA has cited Section 43 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for executing such action. The agency has booked Naik, IRF and unnamed office bearers of his organisation under IPC section 153-A relating to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, besides various sections of anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The agency has claimed to have found documents showing that IS recruit Abu Anas had received Rs 80,000 from the IRF as scholarship in October 2015. After these documents were analysed by NIA, it had moved to block his bank accounts. A Tonk resident, Anas who is an engineer by profession, was arrested by the NIA in January for allegedly planning to carry out a terror strike ahead of Republic Day.
The NIA has also written to Union Home Ministry for banning the website run by the IRF and as well as suspending its online activities, which includes videos of speeches on social networking sites, the sources said, adding that the request will be forwarded to Information Technology ministry.
With inputs from PTI
First Published On : Nov 24, 2016 11:41 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is all set to widen its probe against Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) and its founder Dr Zakir Naik by investigating members of the organisation both based in India and abroad. The development comes after NIA officially contacted banks asking them to freeze accounts of the banned IRF and Naik.According to a senior NIA official, the probe agency is currently preparing a list of individuals associated with the IRF who might offer more information about the funding of the organisation which was recently banned by the government of India. NIA is now looking to prepare a comprehensive list of IRF members specially those who are not based in India.“The funding of the proscribed organisation has to be explored further. IRF has received funds from abroad ever since its inception, and the NIA probe will focus on the money trail as well,” said the senior NIA official. The agency is also contemplating to get a red corner notice issued if Naik avoids refuses to join the investigation.The official further said that many IRF members and associates are based out of India, and in the coming few weeks NIA might contact the individuals asking them to join the investigation.Last week, NIA booked Naik and others under Section 18 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) that relates to terror conspiracy, Section 10 and 13 of UAPA which deal with being member of an unlawful association and punishment for unlawful activities respectively, and Section 153A of IPC (inciting communal hatred).NIA had asked the home ministry to block websites and other online activities of the Islamic preacher and while speaking to DNA agency spokesperson Alok Mittal said that,”all action that needs to be taken against a proscribed organisation including banning its online activities is being taken”.A source in NIA said that some members of the investigating team probing Naik have been asked to examine audio and video files that were confiscated during raids on IRF premises.The recording , some of which are also available online, according to NIA, consist of speeches made by Naik in the past. The agency said it will be looking for portions of the speeches, where in Naik seems to be allegedly making inflammatory statements.During the search operations, video tapes and DVDs of Zakir Naik’s public speeches, documents related to property and investment, financial transactions, foreign and domestic funding of the proscribed IRF as well as its associated companies, and electronic storage devices have been recovered all of which will now be scrutinised.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seeking to starve controversial preacher Zakir Naik and his organisation of funds, the NIA today asked banks to freeze accounts belonging to him and his Islamic Research Foundation, which has been banned under the anti-terror law. Official sources said all the banks, where Naik’s and his organisation’s accounts were in operation, have been asked to immediately freeze those till further directions.NIA had registered a case against Naik, IRF and unnamed office bearers of the foundation under section 153-A of IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), besides various sections of anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.Following this searches were conducted for three days at 20 premises during which details of bank accounts and other financial activities related to Naik and IRF were seized.The sources said the move to block his bank accounts was taken after the NIA claimed to have seized documents which showed ISIS recruit Abu Anas had received Rs 80,000 from the IRF as scholarship in October 2015.Anas, an engineer and a resident of Tonk in Rajasthan, had quit job in a Hyderabad-based company when he was arrested by the NIA in January for allegedly planning to carry out a terror strike ahead of Republic Day.The NIA claimed the probe into the IRF’s funding and distribution of money showed that Anas, who was among 16 people arrested for ISIS links at that time, had received Rs 80,000 from IRF as scholarship.NIA has also written to Union Home Ministry for banning the webiste run by the IRF and as well as suspending its online activities which inlcudes videos of speeches on social networking sites, the sources said.The Home Ministry will pass on the request to Information Technology ministry for blocking the Universal Resource Locator (URL) of the website. The NIA has been conducting searches since November 19 and raided at least 20 premises in Mumbai which are connected to the proscribed IRF or its trustees. During the search operations, video tapes and DVDs of Naik’s public speeches, documents related to property and investment, financial transactions, foreign and domestic funding to IRF as well as its associated companies, and electronic storage devices have been recovered. The NIA alleged that IRF, which was banned by the government last week under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), had close connections with some companies dealing in media, perfumes and some other sectors.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the fourth day of its crackdown on banned Islamic Research Foundation, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) carried out raids and search operations at two more premises of controversial preacher Zakir Naik’s outfit on Tuesday.So far, raids have been carried out at 20 premises in last four days, an NIA official said. A team of NIA officials is deciphering ‘hate’ speeches of Naik by listening to audio and video records, he said. NIA has seized some incriminating documents and some files in Tuesday’s search operation also, said the official.The analysis of documents on financial transactions of IRF including foreign funding and documents related to property details of Naik is in progress, he added. A team of IT experts from NIA headquarters in Delhi is analysing seized documents, the official said.
ALSO READ NIA wraps up raids in 17 Zakir Naik’s IRF premisesDuring the search operations, video tapes and DVDs of Naik’s public speeches, documents related to property and investment, financial transactions, foreign and domestic funding of the proscribed IRF as well as its associated companies, and electronic storage devices have been recovered, a NIA release said.The investigation has revealed that the proscribed IRF has close connections with Harmony Media Private Limited, Longlast Constructions Private Limited, Right Property Solutions Private Limited, Majestic Perfumes Private Limited and Alpha Lubricants Private Limited. Documents pertaining to inflow and outflow of foreign and domestic funding, which have been recovered during search operations, are being scrutinised, it added.
New Delhi: A proposal has been mooted by the government for arming National Investigation Agency (NIA) with a provision to register a case and investigate if an Indian is killed or injured in a terror act overseas.
This information was shared by Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir while replying to written questions in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
“A proposal to enable the NIA to take up investigation of scheduled offences committed beyond India is being put out for public consultations,” he said in a brief reply to a question asked by BJP member Anurag Thakur whether government is considering to grant powers to NIA to conduct probe on attacks on Indians and properties abroad.
Such a proposal is available with probe agencies like FBI and Scotland Yard and federal agencies of Germany and Israel who can carry out parallel probe abroad when their nationals are killed in a terror attack.
FBI had registered separate cases in 1995 kidnapping of foreign tourists in Kashmir, IC-814 hijacking case and Mumbai terror attack as its citizens were either injured or killed in these terror acts.
According to officials, such a proposal will depend on relations to the particular country where the crime has taken place.
A senior official said once such a provision is included in the NIA Act, it would help the agency in quickly moving a request to the foreign country for allowing its team to carry out a probe.
First Published On : Nov 22, 2016 22:44 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been vociferous in her criticism of demonetization, claiming the rural economy will be jeopardised by it. But in Malda, in North Bengal, demonetization has also affected the illegal opium trade in a big way.Malda is also a hub for illegal arms, cow smuggling and is referred to as India’s fake currency capital.The National Investigating Agency (NIA) in a report last year said that 90% of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) pushed into the country from Pakistan is routed through Bangladesh. Since Malda shares a porous border with Bangladesh, carriers smuggle the FICN into the country from here and release it into circulation. “Malda works as a landing point for agents, who circulate fake currency into the country. Malda shares its border with Nepal and Bhutan in the north and Bangladesh in the south. Agents who come from Bangladesh can easily sneak into our country as most of the International Border does not have fencing. Some agents even produce fake documents while entering our country,” a senior NIA official said.While the Bengal government has banned the cultivation of opium poppy, illicit opium trade has become rampant in the district and is partially dependent on the fake currency in circulation. Opium is a derivative of the poppy seed pod. Its cultivation takes place across three months – November, December and January in Malda. Agents from Bangladesh smuggle the poppy seeds and give it farmers. Farmers in return are increasingly cultivating the poppy seeds for better returns compared to the cultivation of other crops. “A bigha (0.4005 acres) of cultivable land yields 4 kgs of opium latex. The farmers scrape the latex before the poppy seeds mature and the latex is dried. For one kg of opium latex, a farmer is offered anywhere between Rs 60,000 – Rs 65,000 by the agent. Later, the villagers, who double up for the carriers, deliver the consignment from one point to another and receive a handsome amount of money, mostly fake currency notes. A carrier is supposed to cover a distance of 100 metres, which makes it difficult for the security agencies to keep track, as the entire village is engaged in it,” said a carrier, adding, “The final carrier hands it over to the agent and he deals with the drug mafias and the agents are paid Rs 1 lac for a kg of opium. The drug mafia later sends the consignment to other districts of Bengal like Birbhum and Murshidabad for processing. The opium latex is further processed into heroin and smuggled across the International Border into Bangladesh.” However, following the demonetization move, the opium trade has taken a hit and farmers are being offered Rs 30,000 for a kg of opium latex. “It is usually one of the most lucrative businesses. Cultivation of other crops depends highly on the rainfall we receive that particular year. But, cultivation of poppy is a great deal as it only takes three months to grow. It does not destroy the quality of the soil and keeps it ready for the cultivation of any other crop for the rest of the months. But, following the demonetization, we are being offered only half the amount of what was promised,” said a farmer, who refused to be named. He added, “The money that we used to receive also contained fake currency notes, but we did not mind as the fake notes were accepted anywhere in the district. Thousands of fake notes are in circulation in the district and no one refuses to accept it, hence we did not mind accepting those notes in the form of payment.” In the last five years, poppy cultivation has increased many folds. While the Kaliachawk-III was known for its poppy cultivation, it has now spread across Kaliachawk-I, II and Chachol-I, II besides blocks like Gajol, Bamongola and Habibpur. While the local police is taking up modern techniques like the use of drones to identify poppy fields and destroy them, farmers grow crops like sugarcane and maize on the periphery and use it as camouflage, making it difficult for identification. Last year, police reportedly destroyed several hundred acres of poppy fields. However, officials of the security agency reveal that some local police officials are hand in glove with the drug mafia and are often paid a commission to prevent destruction of their fields.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There’s more trouble for Dr Zakir Naik as news emerged that ISIS-accused Abu Anas had received a scholarship of Rs 80,000 from his Islamic Research Foundation in 2015, said the National Investigative Agency (NIA). Abu Anas was arrested from Hyderabad. Earlier, the NIA raided the 17 premises of Naik. As per reports, the NIA will also raise the issue of suspension of videos on YouTube and Facebook pages with the U.S. since the servers are located there. NIA teams on Saturday seized incriminating documents/files, electronic storage devices and about Rs.12 lakh cash related to Naik and the IRF.A NIA spokesperson said in order to assist the search team, a team of I-T experts has been flown to Mumbai.The NIA had on Friday registered a case against Naik and others under sections 10 (Penalty for being member of an unlawful association) and 13 (Punishment for unlawful activities) and other various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), said the spokesperson.The Union Government had on Tuesday declared the IRF as an “outlawed organisation” under the anti-terror law for its alleged terror activities, following which the Maharashtra Government said it would keep a close eye on locals and organisations funding the IRF and would be treated as ‘anti-social elements’. However, the IRF said it would be arguing before a Central government tribunal against the validity of the ban imposed on it and invoking of the UAPA.With inputs from PTI and ANI
New Delhi: A proposal has been mooted by the government for arming National Investigation Agency (NIA) with a provision to register a case and investigate if an Indian is killed or injured in a terror act overseas.
This information was shared by Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir, while replying to written questions in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. “A proposal to enable the NIA to take up investigation of scheduled offences committed beyond India is being put out for public consultations,” he said in a brief reply to a question asked by BJP member Anurag Thakur whether government is considering to grant powers to NIA to conduct probe on attacks on Indians and properties abroad.
Such a proposal is available with probe agencies like FBI and Scotland Yard and federal agencies of Germany and Israel, who can carry out parallel probes abroad if their nationals are killed in a terror attack.
FBI had registered separate cases in the 1995 kidnapping of foreign tourists in Kashmir, the IC-814 hijacking case and Mumbai terror attack, as its citizens were injured or killed in these terror acts.
According to officials, such a proposal will depend on relations to the particular country where the crime has taken place.
A senior official said once such a provision is included in the NIA Act, it would help the agency in quickly moving a request to the foreign country for allowing its team to carry out a probe.
First Published On : Nov 22, 2016 18:12 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special court here on Monday charged five suspected ISIS operatives of conspiring to carry out terror acts in the country. According to the chargesheet filed by the NIA, the suspects were planning to carry out operations during the Ardh Kumbh in Haridwar.Akhlakur Rehman, Mohd Azeemushan, Mohd Meraj, Mohd Osama and Mohsin Ibrahim Sayyed were charged for alleged offences committed under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and under Sections 17 (punishment for raising funds for terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy for terror act) and 20 (punishment for being member of terror group) of UAPA. The suspects plead not guilty and claimed trial that will commence on December 15. Though the five suspects are in judicial custody, Bhatkal man and former Indian Mujaheedin (IM) member, Shafi Armar, who was positively identified as Yusuf al Hindi, a key operative in the ISIS cadre, is currently absconding. IN this chargesheet, the NIA has charged Armar as being the main recruiter and motivator to set up Indian modules inspired by the Islamic State group (ISIS)This is the first time the NIA has been able to ascertain identity of Yusuf al-Hindi, who until now remained a shadowy figure behind his alias. The NIA has alleged that Armar radicalised the youths through various communication platforms like Twitter, Trillion, Surespot, Skype and Facebook. During the investigation it was revealed that Armar sent Rs.5,86,000 through hawala to Sheik. This money was distributed among active ISIS operatives here in the country.Armar also sent the alleged operatives, several links that contained information on how to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) from easily available material. Manuals like “Bomb Banane ka asan Tariqa (Easy way to make a bomb),” “Diwali wale Patakhaon ke Zariye (With the help of Diwali firecrackers),” “Table or Alarm watch se Timer Banana (How to make a timer using a table watch or alarm watch),” providing instructions on how to make bombs with the black residue of a matchstick head and other firecrackers that’s are usually burst during Diwali. Through the literature, the operatives also learnt how to use an ordinary light bulb as a detonator. Audio files containing “takrirs” – Hatred religious Preaching against Hindus of Maulana Masood Azhar, the chief commander of Jaish-eMohammad were also sent.The NIA recovered 65 grams of powder from the matchstick head mixed with sugar. In its report, the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), confirmed that the evidence collected was sufficient to make “explosive charges.”The six operatives mentioned above (except Armar), were arrested during various raids conducted by Special Cell of the Delhi Police early this year. They were allegedly plotting to target the Ardh Kumbh Mela that took place in Haridwar, Uttarakhand a few months ago. According to an order passed by the Home Ministry, the case was transferred to the NIA for further investigation.
Just after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided multiple locations linked to the controversial preacher and televangelist, Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation on Sunday, authorities have also blocked Naik’s websites which were used for publishing controversial speeches and statements.
The IRF shot into the limelight following allegations that Naik’s teachings and speeches had inspired terror strikes, including the terror siege on a Dhaka café in July this year that left over 20 people, mostly foreigners including an Indian woman, dead. Over the past four months, Naik and the IRF are under the scanner of Indian agencies for the alleged misdeeds, spreading or promoting communal disharmony, inciting feelings of enmity between communities and inspiring or supporting terror acts.
According to The Times of India, the NIA will also summon Naik and work towards getting an Interpol “red corner notice” if he continues to elude law enforcement agencies. According to the report, the NIA could also issue a non-bailable warrant against Naik. A red corner notice is usually issued by Interpol to seek the location and arrest of wanted persons — the closest tool to an international arrest warrant. If such a notice is issued, Saudi Arabia (where Naik is allegedly located) will have to hand over Naik to Indian authorities.
The raids continued for nearly 12 hours. DNA reported that electronic evidence — laptops, mobile phones were seized during searches at 12 locations in Mumbai. The Economic Times reported that the NIA seized Rs 12 lakh in cash from Naik’s Mumbai properties. In the evening, the teams searched the residences of IRF and Peace TV office bearers, comprising Naik’s immediately family members and others holding various posts in his NGO and private television channel.
An IRF account in the Development Credit Bank Ltd’s Dongri Branch has also been sealed by the NIA from where the NGO pays salaries of its school staffers and manages other expenses. “CDs and computer data from all IRF offices are being scrutinised. Telephonic and email conversations will be checked. Telecom experts have also been roped in,” an NIA official is quoted as saying in DNA.
Teams of the NIA investigators, accompanied by Mumbai Police, started the raids at around eight locations owned or connected with the IRF and Peace TV, including its headquarters in the congested Dongri area of South Mumbai. Besides the head office of IRF and four other branches, an old office, a women’s centre, and an office preparing content for telecast on Naik’s Peace TV programmes were raided.
Taking over the case from Mumbai Police in mid-October, the NIA raids and search operations were completed around 5 pm. The teams moved to residence searches of Naik’s medico brother Mohammed and their mother, two sisters and others. During the NIA raids, no IRF and Peace TV staffers were permitted inside any of the premises. Peace TV was banned by Bangladesh following the terror strike.
Naik’s social media
According to The Economic Times, it is proving to be difficult for the NIA to get Naik’s social media presence muted. Authorities might get help from US authorities in getting Naik’s Facebook page, Twitter account and YouTube videos which contain “objectionable” content suspended.
With inputs from IANS
First Published On : Nov 21, 2016 10:41 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After filing an FIR against controversial televangelist Zakir Naik under Sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday morning searched the offices of Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) and residences of his associates.NIA sources said electronic evidence in the form of laptops and mobile phones as well as many documents were seized during searches at 12 locations in Mumbai.After the IRF was banned by the Centre for five years as an unlawful association under UAPA, the Mumbai Police had on Thursday served a copy of the notification at the organisation’s Dongri office.NIA’s Mumbai unit on Friday registered an offence against Naik and others under UAPA Sections 10 (Penalty for being a member of an unlawful association), 13 (Punishment for unlawful activities) and 18 (Whoever conspires or attempts to commit, or advocates, abets, advises or incites or knowingly facilitates the commission of a terrorist act or any act preparatory to the commission of a terrorist act) and Section 153(A) of the Indian Penal Code (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony).”On November 19, nine NIA teams have conducted search operations at 12 premises connected to the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) in Mumbai simultaneously and seized incriminating documents /files, electronic storage devices and about Rs 12 lakh in cash. The recovered documents relate to various activities including financial transactions and property details of Zakir Naik and the IRF. To assist the search teams, a team of IT experts was flown in from the NIA headquarters in Delhi to Mumbai. The searches are still going on and are likely to continue till late in the night,” an NIA spokesperson said. The search operations were photographed.On Saturday, around 5 am, a team of NIA officers and the local police searched the IRF’s head office at Tandel Street in Dongri and a few other places related to the NGO, including IRF Ladies Wing, Islamic Books International, Global Education and Harmony Media Pvt Ltd.According to sources, the agency had initially searched 10 places and two more places were searched later. The locations searched, which include office complexes of IRF, residential premises of Naik and his close associates and office-bearers of his trust are located in and around Dongri.Sources said that electronic devices, including mobiles and laptops, have been seized. They added that several storage devices were found in Harmony Media’s office. Financial documents and other documents were also being scanned by the NIA. A team is sifting through the documents and will seize only those documents relevant to the investigation, sources said.”Around 4.30 am, we received a call from an NIA officer and were told toopen the offices. We were told that they wanted to search the premises of IRF. The searches are still on and are likely to continue till late night,” an IRF employee, who did not wish to be named, told DNA.”CDs and computer data from all IRF offices are being scrutinised.Telephonic and email conversations will be checked. Telecom experts have also been roped in,” said an official. Around 30-40 Mumbai police team members have been deployed at all IRF premises where the searches are on.The Maharashtra police’s anti-terrorism squad had earlier arrested IRF members for allegedly radicalising youths to join the terrorist organisation Daesh.The Mumbai police, too, had registered an offence against IRF members for motivating group of youths from Kasargode in Kerala, who left thecountry to join Daesh on a complaint from the father of Ashfaq Majid, one of the youths in the group, at the Nagpada police station. After a few days, this case was transferred to the NIA.Naik allegedly transferred IRF’s foreign funds to Peace TV for making “objectionable” programmes. Most of the programmes, which were made in India, contained alleged hate speeches by Naik, who had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists” through Peace TV.An educational trust run by Naik has already been prevented from receiving foreign funds and agencies are looking into its activities.Bank accounts of school frozenThe bank accounts of Islamic International School (IIS) in Mumbai, run by Zakir Naik, have been frozen. The school, which has around 165 students (89 boys and remaining girls) has pre-primary, primary and secondary levels and imparts education in the IGCSE curriculum, Quranic and Arabic.”Our administration informed us that the accounts were frozen on Thursday evening,” said Imran Qureshi, principal of IIS. “Daily activities like providing mid-day meals to pre-primary students, snacks to the staff and daily chores are affected. Today I managed expenses from my pocket but I request thegovernment and everyone that the teaching and learning process not get disturbed. It is their exam time right now,” said Qureshi.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Investigation Agency (NIA) teams on Saturday seized Rs 12 lakh cash and incriminating documents, files as well as electronic storage devices, in raids on 12 premises including head office of the banned Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).NIA has registered an offence against IRF Founder-President and controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and his associates for promoting enmity and hatred between religious groups through his public speeches and lectures on various platforms, the agency said in a release.As per the statement, Naik and his associates are responsible for inciting Muslim youths and terrorists in India and abroad to commit unlawful activities and terrorist acts.Centre had recently banned IRF for five years and its notification was served through Mumbai Police two days before.NIA teams raided 12 premises including its head office in Dongri on Saturday morning and conducted raids in which they seized documents related to Naik and IRF’s various financial transactions and property details.NIA has sent a team of IT experts from Delhi for further investigation. The searches are still going on and are likely to continue till late in the night, NIA said in a statement.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demonetization will help in reducing gap between rich and poor people: Rajnath SinghHailing the Centre’s move to demonetize Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the action will bring probity in political and administrative works besides reducing the gap between rich and poor. Read more here. 3 soldiers killed, 4 injured after IED blast hits army convoy in AssamHeavily armed militants of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) ambushed an army convoy near the Pengeri reserve forest in the eastern Assam killing three soldiers and seriously injuring four others. Read more here. NIA’s FIR against Zakir Naik is illegal, says his counselMobin Solkar, the counsel for controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, on Saturday said the case filed by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) against his client under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) is illegal, as the Supreme Court, earlier granted a stay in a similar case, and hence, any fresh complaint on the same grounds would stand void. Read more here. India vs England: Kohli’s masterclass puts India in front after Ashwin’s stellar showVirat Kohli hit a belligerent fifty to consolidate India’s position after Ravichandran Ashwin picked up another five-wicket haul to help bundle out England for 255 and give the hosts a first-innings lead of 200 in the second test on Saturday. Read more here. Coldplay concert at Global Citizen festival: Live streaming and where to watch on TV in IndiaThe event, at the MMRDA grounds in at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai is expected to draw in 80,000 people. Those unable to attend need not miss any of the action. Click here to find out where the festival can be watched live.
Authorities on Friday morning froze bank accounts of Mumbai-based Islamic International School (IIS), an institution set up and run by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, a person associated with Naik said.
Soon thereafter, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday carried out searches at 10 places in a case registered against Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) in Mumbai.
The searches began on Saturday morning with the help of local police after a case was registered by the NIA’s Mumbai branch on Friday night under 153-A of IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion…and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and various sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Last week, the government had banned IRF for five years for its alleged links with terrorist activities.
“It was said that the government will ensure that the school’s students and functioning will not be affected. But the actions prove otherwise,” the person said.
“By freezing the school’s account, it isn’t able to meet the day-to-day expenses, that includes students meals, classroom expenses, petty cash, stationery and numerous other small but important activities any school undertakes on a daily basis. This is the school’s own bank account. Freezing it can only have one purpose,” the person said.
The school describes itself as an institution which was “conceived, planned and developed by Dr Zakir Naik… a visionary par excellence.” Naik is the chairman of the IRF Educational Trust and President of the Islamic Research Foundation in Mumbai.
The website of IIS says Naik has visited several ‘Islamic’ and ‘other’ educational institutions worldwide and interacted with many experts on school and university education to grasp their approach towards Islamic orientation, teaching methodology, curriculum implementation and management.
“The pragmatic insights gained from these meetings and latest research and learning on effective education strategies help in the continuous improvement and development of IIS, to be contemporary and Islamic… to fulfill the students’ educational needs for this ‘duniya‘ (world) and the ‘Aakhirah’ (hereafter).” The school also has a branch in Chennai.
Earlier, the state police had raised concerns about the running and curriculum of the school in a report submitted to the state government.
Youths from Malavani in western suburbs who had left their home to join Islamic State earlier this year were also allegedly inspired by the preaching of the televangelist.
Police had arrested some members of IRF for allegedly motivating and radicalising group youths from Kasargod in Kerala to join the Islamic State.
The speeches of Naik, who is currently out of the country apparently to evade arrest, are banned in the UK and Canada as well as in Malaysia.
With inputs from PTI
First Published On : Nov 19, 2016 15:02 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA has charged an alleged key Indian Mujahideen operative Abdul Wahid Siddibapa, who was arrested in Delhi in May this year, with channelising funds from Pakistan into India via Dubai for conducting terror activities in the country. The probe agency made the submission in its charge sheet filed before Special Judge Rakesh Pandit. “During investigation, the role and involvement of the accused has been established as a channeliser of the funds received from IM operatives in Pakistan via Dubai for use by IM operatives based in India for conducting terror activities,” the charge sheet said.It added that the money was also regularly sent to the IM operatives lodged in jails and their families besides its absconding activists. “Investigation has disclosed that the IM had extensively used Hawala channel for providing funds to its cadres in India,” it said.The charge sheet said, “From the probe, it is established that accused, as a member of proscribed terrorist organisation IM, entered into criminal conspiracy along with other co-operatives for commission of terror acts against Indian government, with intent to threaten unity, integrity, security and sovereignty of India and with intent to strike terror in people of India by causing death and injuries of people, and loss, damage and destruction of property.” “The accused voluntarily and actively participated in the conspiracy and made efforts to wage terror activities with intent to support and strengthen the conspiracy hatched by IM operatives.”The accused assisted the terror activities by means of channelising the requisite funds meant for survival of the IM operatives and for the procurement of material required for affecting destruction with intent to strike terror in India, by causing death/injuries to persons and cause loss/damage to the property,” the final report said.32-year-old Siddibapa, a resident of Bhatkal in Karnataka and a cousin of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, was held at the IGI Airport here on May 20 after he landed from Dubai. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had earlier filed two charge sheets in the case against several other accused including Yasin Bhatkal. The final report also said that the accused was strongly radicalised and was of the “jihadi mind” as he used to support the subversive activities carried out by the IM operatives at different places in India. According to NIA’s FIR lodged in September 2012, members of IM, in association with their sleeper cells based in the country and outside, were conspiring to commit terror acts by making preparations for targeting various important places in India, especially in Delhi, by causing bomb blasts with the active aid and support from their Pakistan-based activists and associates which amounted to waging war against India.The court had on November 6, 2013, issued a non-bailable warrant against Siddibapa, which was extended from time to time to time, following which a Red Corner Notice was issued against him on December 3, 2013. The charge sheet was filed against him under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC, read with several sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the total value of fake Indian currency, seized by authorities since 2010, valued at a whooping 198.25 crore rupees, investigating agencies and anti-terror bodies countering the notorious Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) network seem to be pleased by the demonetisation measures announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.Speaking to DNA, senior officials of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and officers of the state police forces, said that taking out 500 and 1000 rupee notes out of circulation will have a lasting impact on the syndicates producing FICN’s, thus affecting the funding of terror networks in Jammu and Kashmir, North-eastern states and Naxalite hit states. According to official figures, more than 198 core rupees worth fake currency has been seized since 2010. In 2010, 24 crore FICN were seized followed by 27.09 crore in 2011, 45.24 crore in 2012, 42.90 crore in 2013, 36.11 crore in 2014 and 22.90 crore in 2015 (till September). A special FICN Co-ordination (FCORD) Group had been formed by the Ministry of Home Affairs to share intelligence among the different state and national security agencies to counter FICN networks.Officials told DNA that not only will the notorious FICN network bear the brunt of new economic measures various mechanisms employed by insurgent groups in various parts of India are bound to be effected. Among the mechanisms, according to the official, employed by insurgent and terror groups include Hawala transactions, extortion, ransom kidnapping and more importantly direct use of fake currency for illegal activities. “For syndicates benefiting directly in FICN, profits and rate of returns will decrease drastically. Most of the fake currency is being poured in to India by syndicates originating either in Bangladesh or in Pakistan and it will be very difficult to transport huge volumes of cash as the 500 and 1000 rupee note is taken out of circulation. Also the cost of producing huge volume of fake currency with the maximum denomination of 100 rupees will bleed these international syndicates,” said a senior NIA official.The official added, “Terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir use hawala transactions. Insurgent groups in North-east mostly rely on kidnapping and extortion and same goes for the Naxalites. The cash which would be lying with armed groups has been rendered useless. Furthermore, armed groups will find it very difficult to conduct business or buy arms and explosives using 100 rupee notes due to the logistical inconvenience.”Another senior NIA official while the detailing the history of counterfeiting currency said the menace of forging currency is a well planned effort. “Making fake currency has a long history which dates back to the World Wars. In India soon after partition, metal coins were being forged using crude equipment’s but that was for monetary gains of the individuals or syndicates involved. Soon the method was adopted as state policy to destabilise a nation,”said the official.The official said that the printing of currency in India is undertaken by Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL) and Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Limited (BRBNMPL) which are both the subsidiaries of Reserve Bank of India. “Currency notes are prepared using a material called rag which is a cotton product. NIA compared fake currencies recovered in at least 35 criminal cases and quality and nature of the notes suggested they had the same source of origin. Be it notes recovered on Punjab border or J&K or Mumbai. The notes used by some transnational network even bore the same mistakes indicating they were being produced using similar machines,”said the official.Officials said the PH value found on FICN of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations was exactly the same as the one found on Pakistani currency.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid growing opposition clamour for a judicial probe into the encounter killing of eight SIMI activists, Madhya Pradesh’s Home Minister Bhupendra Singh on Tuesday said there was no need for any investigation, while state’s police chief Rishi Kumar Shukla maintained the CID will go into the incident.Eight undertrial terror suspects of the outlawed SIMI had been shot dead by police in an alleged encounter within hours of their escape from high-security Bhopal central jail after killing a constable. Videos shot purportedly at the scene of the encounter appeared to question its authenticity, prompting demands by opposition parties for a judicial inquiry.”It is mandated by the law that the state’s CID will investigate the encounters for a free and fair probe,” Director General of Police Rishi Kumar Shukla told PTI, adding there was nothing new in it.”CID is going to do its duty according to the law and inform the (competent) court,” he said.Home Minister Singh, however, struck a different note. “There is no need for any investigation into the encounter,” he told reporters in Anuppur district earlier in the day.”Bhopal Police Range Inspector General Yogesh Choudhary has already briefed the media about details of the encounter yesterday,” he said.”He (IG) has briefed on how the encounter took place. So there is no need for any inquiry,” Singh said.The National Investigation Agency (NIA), he said, will only look into the jail break incident — the plan, from where the accused got help, from inside and outside, their links in the country and their network.”NIA will not inquire into the encounter,” he said.Meanwhile, sources close to DGP Shukla said he has already asked Superintendent of Police (CID) Anurag Sharma to head the probe into the encounter.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Swedish national has emerged as the main recruiter of Subahani Haja Moideen, a Tamil Nadu resident who was arrested by the National Investigation agency (NIA) on terror charges earlier this month. The 31-year-old was arrested in October this year, almost a year after he returned home from Mosul in Iraq, where he had been a part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).According to intelligence sources, Moideen, during interrogation, said an ISIS fighter—who goes by the nom de guerre of Abu-Hafz-Al-Swedi—was his main contact person and helped him make the journey from India to Raqqa in Syria.Sources in the investigative agency said the NIA is likely to contact Swedish authorities to seek information on Swedi, as his name has cropped up for the first time during the course of their crackdown on alleged ISIS sympathisers in India. Officials said the NIA is ascertaining whether or not Swedi is in touch with other Indian nationals as well.Moideen, a resident of Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli, had left his home in 2015, after selling a piece of land he owned and boarded a flight from Chennai to Turkey. Swedi seems to have directed Moideen to meet some of his ISIS contacts in Istanbul and, after laying low in a safe house, the 31-year-old made his journey to Raqqa along with men who had come from other countries like Pakistan, Morocco and Russia.Swedi, whose real identity is yet to be ascertained, is the first ISIS recruiter to have actually met an Indian national fighting for the terror group, officials told DNA. “Moideen has claimed he was one of the rare Indian fighters to have actually met and worked with his recruiter directly. He claims that before him no other Indian working for ISIS actually met the person who brought him there,” said an official.According to a senior investigation officer, Moideen was introduced to Swedi in Tell Abyad, Syria, where he was given training in arms as well as lessons on Sharia enforcement. He then went through a two-week combat training session where he was injured. Subsequently, he was given the duty of a security guard, where he guarded tents of ISIS militants on a salary of $100 per month.”Moideen had received basic training in explosives manufacturing and operating an AK-47, but owing to his physical health he was taken off before his leader could send him to fight. He continued to work as a security guard and would collect his salary straight from an individual whom he identifies as Abu-Hafz-Al-Swedi,” the officer told DNA.He added that eventually Moideen had to flee to Mosul along with other ISIS terrorists. This was due to the outfit losing territory in battles waged in Raqqa, Syria.Moideen claimed that after he saw the brutalities perpetrated by ISIS in Mosul, he began asking his superiors to allow him to leave the group. Following this, he says that he was imprisoned in a jail managed by ISIS.With the help of some other detainees, Moideen managed to escape Mosul and travel to Turkey. In Istanbul, he contacted the Indian consulate and told them that he had lost his passport. Arrangements were made and he returned to India via Mumbai on September 22, 2015. He went to his ancestral place in Kadaynallur, Tirunelveli, where he was staying with his wife. Intelligence agencies say that he got in touch with his ISIS handlers again, following which he was arrested.
A group of fedayeen militants dressed in military fatigues storms an army facility, catching the targets by surprise and inflicting heavy casualties.
This seems to be the recurring theme of recent times of terror operations spawning out of Pakistan, the latest being the attack on a police training academy in the southwestern city of Quetta.
At least 59 people were killed and more than 100 wounded when gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police training academy took hostages, government officials said on Tuesday.
More than 200 police trainees were stationed at the facility when the attack occurred late on Monday, officials said. Some cadets were taken hostage during the attack, which lasted five hours. Most of the dead were police cadets.
Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister of Baluchistan province, of which Quetta is the capital, said the gunmen attacked a dormitory inside the training facility while cadets rested and slept.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but one of the top military commanders in Baluchistan, General Sher Afgun, told media that calls intercepted between the attackers and their handlers suggested they were from the sectarian Sunni militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).
In August, a suicide bombing at a Quetta hospital claimed by the Islamic State group and the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) killed 73 people, including many of the city’s lawyer community who had gone there to mourn the fatal shooting of a colleague.
Back in December 2014, in a similar fashion, Taliban insurgents storm an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 154 people, most of them children.
The massacre started when armed members of the TTP stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar killing over 140 people including more than 130 students. It was a seven-hour long siege that finally ended with the killing of all the terrorists by security forces.
In January this year, Pathankot Air Base in Punjab, India, was hit by five terrorists believed to be from Pakistan.
The militants stormed the base in the wee hours and the confrontation with the Indian army lasted for 15 hours after they breached a high-security security perimeter.The siege ended with the gunning down of the five terrorists.
The terrorists were reportedly members of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad. The militants had hijacked a police officer’s car and driven it to the heavily guarded base — tactics used in earlier attacks by Pakistani-trained militants, reports the Business Standard.
An editorial in Pakistan’s Daily Times, quoted by IANS said, “On present trends at least, the post-Pathankot scenario has a chilling resemblance to post-Mumbai,” referring to the 2008 attack in Mumbai that left 166 people, including many foreigners, dead.
Punjab itself, in recent times, has become the new target of militant attacks in India. In late 2015, a police station in Gurdaspur was attacked in a similar manner.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), in May, had said that wireless systems of the same kind were used in terror attacks which took place in Kathua, Samba and Pathankot.
Besides, modus operandi of the three attacks was same, convincing the NIA not to probe the three cases separately, reported Zee News.
In September this year, 19 soldiers and four militants were killed during an attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri town.
The militants broke into the base near the de facto border with Pakistan before dawn and lobbed grenades at tents and barracks housing soldiers, before opening fire with automatic weapons, the army said.
As militants adapt to these tactics with increasing efficiency, the defense establishments of the countries need to step up measures to counter the same.
With inputs from agencies
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Anti-terror probe agency NIA will train nearly 200 Bangladeshi police officials in detecting Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) after it emerged that the neighbouring country was used for pumping in nearly 80% of counterfeit notes into India. The NIA, in collaboration with Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Department of Economic Affairs and Home Ministry, will train the officers from Bangladesh which would include real time sharing of intelligence. As there was no official information about the value or number of FICN in circulation in the Indian market, NIA had asked a Kolkata-based institute to carry out a study of the menace in 2012-13. According to the study, FICN of face value of Rs 70,000 crore was pumped in by Pakistani spy agency ISI and underworld gangs operating from outside India. Only one-third of these could be detected by law enforcement agencies. While the study had concluded that at any given point of time FICN of the face value of 4,000 crore was changing hands, NIA sources said the trend has been declining after Bangladesh extended cooperation. The sources said 80 per cent of the FICN was routed to India through Bangladesh and, therefore, the need was felt to crack down on gangs engaged in the activity in that country, particularly at its airport and ports.Bangladesh has already assured India of full cooperation in tackling the menace of FICN, which is also being used for funding human and drug trafficking, and other nefarious activities in that country. NIA sources said Bangladesh has told India that it has put in place “stringent” measures for checking influx and circulation of fake notes that were also “adversely affecting” its economy.FICN was being used there for financing human and drug trafficking, besides several other anti-social activities including cattle smuggling. These were seen as active threats to Bangladesh’s economy. Sources said India will also provide note sorting machines with facility to detect fake currency at international airports, integrated crossing points, immigration points, banks and financial institutions in Bangladesh. India has also assured Bangladesh that it will help in setting up a Forensic Science Laboratory for examining fake notes and maintaining a digital depository of forensic reports.
Bengaluru: Stepping up its attack on the Congress government in the wake of a brutal murder of an RSS worker, BJP on Friday petitioned Governor Vajubhai Vala demanding an inquiry by NIA into killings of party and RSS activists.
The party has blamed the “unholy nexus” of “Jihadists” and Marxists for the killing.
The delegation led by state party chief B S Yeddyurappa and Leader of opposition Jagadish Shettar met Vala under and alleged that the Congress government “is bent upon allowing the killers to have a field day” and is not keen to trace the assailants involved in any of these cases.
Also accusing the Congress of indulging in “vote-bank politics”, they appealed to the Governor to prevail upon the state government to hand over the cases to National Investigating Agency to “unearth the motive and expose” the perpetrators of the crime.
Rudresh, a 35-year old RSS worker, was hacked to death by two motorcycle-borne men who struck him with machete on Kamaraja Road last Sunday when he was returning home on a bike after attending a Sangh event.
Stating that Rudresh’s was the latest in the series of killings of activists belonging to “Nationalist School of Thought” in the last two years, the memorandum cited a list of incidents about Hindutva activists “who have fallen victim to PFI (Popular Front of India) goons”.
“The attacks are executed systematically. In all the mentioned attacks, the weapons used are more or less the same (long swords and tamancha) and the modus operandi adopted by the attackers is almost the same,” it said.
BJP said the attacks have been taking place in quick intervals in various parts of Karnataka, especially in coastal Dakshina Kannada district, and the attackers are perpetrating the crime with “impunity and escaping with felicity.”
Noting that not one case has reached its logical end, it said the disturbing trend is that the Congress government has been “predetermining the course of investigation” by “deliberately” making “loaded” remarks almost immediately after the crime with a “sinister design” to “prejudice” the investigating officers.
“Our charge is that the government has directed the police to take this line in all such cases involving BJP and Sangh Pariwar Activists,” it added.
Alleging that BJP has every reason to suspect that there is a “pattern, a design and a diabolical motive” behind these killings of RSS/BJP workers, the party said it also suspects the “unholy nexus of the Jihadists and Marxists”, a deadly combination, behind these killings.
“Going by the pattern, design and modus operandi, it is almost sure that the workers of the Popular Front of India are involved. These elements are being provided with intellectual and moral support by Marxists,” it said.
“In so far as the diabolical motive is concerned, the PFI, in league with the Marxists, wants a communal flare up so that the BJP and Sangh Pariwar outfits can be blamed. It suits the vote-bank politics of the Congress,” it added.
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to file its reply to an appeal by Lt Col Prasad Purohit, a prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case, against the trial court’s order rejecting his bail plea.
A bench headed by Justice Naresh Patil posted the matter for hearing on 16 November along with the bail petition filed by a co-accused in the case, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.
The judges also called for original documents and case papers filed by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra police and NIA, the two agencies which had probed the matter.
In June 2016, the HC had dismissed an appeal filed by Purohit against the trial court’s order rejecting his bail plea and asked him to approach the trial court afresh.
Thereafter, Lt Col Purohit moved the trial court, but the bail plea was once again rejected. Aggrieved, he approached the high court, which sought NIA’s response on Wednesday.
The high court had earlier asked the trial court to consider the new material in the supplementary chargesheet filed by NIA while hearing his bail plea.
Purhohit contended that the trial court had not taken into account the new material in the supplementary charge sheet.
His lawyer Srikant Shivade argued that Purohit was in jail for more than seven years and, as NIA had concluded the investigation, he should be enlarged on bail.
The trial court has consistently refused bail to Purohit since 2010. His last bail plea was rejected in October 2015, following which he moved the high court.
Purohit has claimed in his appeal that the trial court should have appreciated that he has “an outstanding, meritorious record and that he risked his life to fight against terrorism across the country”. He also alleged that he had been “framed”.
Co-accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur too has moved for bail separately and the high court has kept both the petitions for hearing on 16 November.
Thakur was given a clean chit by the NIA earlier this year, but the trial court refused to grant her bail. Her petition in the high court said the lower court had failed to take into consideration the change in circumstances.
On 13 May, NIA had filed a supplementary charge sheet, giving a clean chit to six accused, including Sadhvi Pragya.
It also said that the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) was not applicable in the case.
Six persons were killed in a blast at Malegaon, a Muslim-majority town in north Maharashtra, in September 2008.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suspected terrorists lodged at Bihar’s Beur Central jail, on Thursday, clashed with two police personnel on duty. After this, the jail administration has lodged an FIR in Beur police station against them on Friday.Sources said the incident took place when about 10 prisoners, charged with sedition for their alleged role in the bomb blasts at Patna and Bodhgaya in 2013, clashed with two security personnel over checking of food served to them. Senior police officers rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.The terror suspects, supposedly belonging to Indian Mujahideen terror outfit, had been nabbed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and have been accused of misbehaving and preventing security personnel from doing their duty, as mentioned in the FIR.Rupak Kumar, Superintendent of the Beur Central Jail, told dna, “They are lodged in a special cell but their food is prepared in the same jail kitchen and it’s a daily routine to check the food served to them when it reaches their cell. On Thursday too, the cops on duty were doing their job when the terror suspects engaged in a verbal duel with them. We have informed the NIA court and senior authorities about this as well.”Reports pouring in from Beur Central Jail stated that the terror suspects also raised anti-national slogans during the fight, however, Kumar denied any such thing. “Post Thursday’s incident, we have restricted the movement of the 10 terror suspects involved in the fight within their cell. The security around their cell has also been tightened,” Kumar said.Officials said a probe has also been ordered into the incident and the report is to be submitted within three-days. Sources said that such fights happened often as the suspected terrorists protested checking of food by the guards and the jail administration was mulling stricter action against them if they didn’t change their ways.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Patiala House Court on Friday extended the judicial custody of Bahadur Ali alias ‘Saifullah’, a Pakistani national allegedly working for terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, till October 22. Earlier in September, a special court had extended his judicial custody till October 14. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had earlier cited Ali’s confessional video to claim that the unrest in the Kashmir Valley was being orchestrated by Pakistan-based LeT which had played a major role in fuelling the unrest, triggered by the encounter killing of a militant leader. Ali, a fourth-class dropout, who hails from Jahama village of Raiwind in Lahore, was arrested from village Yahama in Mawar area of Qalamabad, Handwara, in North Kashmir on July 25. The army had claimed to have recovered three AK-47 rifles, two pistols and Indian Rs 23,000 from his possession. According to NIA, Ali was trained at a LeT camp in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) to carry out various activities, including map reading and operating GPS devices.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday got police remand of the six Burdwan Blast case accused till October 27 for further interrogation. The Kolkata Police Special Task Force had earlier arrested the six wanted militants of the banned Islamic outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Assam and different parts of West Bengal.Among the six arrested, two chargesheeted accused are Moulana Yusuf and Abul Kalam, and the other three who are yet to be chargesheeted are Rafique, Jahidul Islam and Sahidul Islam. Moulana Yusuf is the second-in-command and main accused in the 2014 Burdwan Blast, according to sources.At least five of the six arrested accused were listed as wanted militants by the NIA for their alleged role in the blast at Khagragarh in Burdwan on October 2, 2014. The blast is suspected to have taken place while bombs were being assembled inside a building.Police identified the others arrested as Jahidul Sheikh alias Zaffar alias Jabirul; Mohammad Rafique alias Mohammed Rubel alias Pichchi; Shahidul alias Surya alias Shamim; and, Abdul Kalam alias Kalim. They were remanded in police custody until October 6.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NIA has arrested a suspected ISIS operative, who had conspired to carry out terror activities in the country and was planning to collect chemical explosives from cracker manufacturers in Tamil Nadu.The accused identified as Subahani Haja Moideen, a resident of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, was arrested by the NIA on Wednesday in connection with a case related to activities of the banned ISIS in India.The accused was radicalised and recruited in ISIS through social media platforms. He had left India for Istanbul from Chennai last year on the pretext of performing ‘Umrah’, the NIA said in a statement on Thursday.After reaching Istanbul, he crossed over along with other people who hailed from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Iraqi territory under control of ISIS.From there, he was taken to Mosul where he underwent detailed ‘religious training’ followed by combat training which included a course in automated weapons before being deputed to fight war for almost two weeks.During the war, he told interrogators that he was paid 100 US dollars per month as an allowance by ISIS besides accommodation and food.However, he told interrogators that he could not withstand the violence and war misery in Mosul and decided to leave especially after he saw two of his friends getting charred.He was jailed by ISIS and produced before a Islamic judge who sent him to Syria and claimed that he was allowed to cross over to Turkey from where he contacted his family with the help of the Indian consulate at Istanbul.He arrived in Mumbai after a gap of six months in September last year on an emergency certificate and returned to his ancestral place where he was staying with his wife and managed to get a job at a jewellery shop at Kadayanallur.”However, once back and settled, he again got in touch with ISIS handlers over Internet and was planning to collect explosives and precursor chemicals from Sivakasi at their instance.”He had travelled to Chennai, Coimbatore and other places to meet other local contacts in the conspiracy, collect money and procure explosives for terrorist acts as guided and motivated by ISIS handlers,” the NIA said.
New Delhi: A man was on Monday detained by the NIA from Tamil Nadu in connection with its ongoing investigation into the disappearance of 21 people from Kerala who are believed to have joined the Islamic State (IS), a day after the anti-terror probe agency arrested six people in the case.
The NIA had on Monday carried out searches at various places and arrested six persons from Kerala for allegedly plotting terror attacks in the country at the behest of IS.
Those arrested from two districts of Kerala were produced before a special court in Ernakulam which remanded them in NIA’s custody till 14 October.
After arresting the six–Manseed alias Omar Al Hindi, Abu Basheer alias Rashid, Swalih Mohammed T alias Yousuf, Safwan P, Jasim NK and Ramshad Nageelan Kandiyil alias Aaamu– NIA teams assisted by central security agencies and police personnel from Kerala, Delhi and Telangana, launched search operations in Chennai and Coimbatore during which another person was detained, official sources said.
Without divulging his identity, the sources said he was being questioned and may be placed under arrest “as he was not speaking the truth”.
The searches were conducted after credible information was received that some youth from Kerala and Tamil Nadu along with their accomplices have entered into a criminal conspiracy to
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The NIA has already registered a case in connection with the 21 missing youths from Kerala who are believed to have joined IS terror group in Afghanistan and later moved to Syria and some other countries.
NIA gets custody of six suspected Islamic State activists in Kerala
Kochi: A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Monday sent six youths — suspected to be activists of Islamic State — to the NIA’s custody till 14 October.
These youths — all aged below 30 — were arrested from north Kerala on Sunday.
The National Investigating Agency told the court that these young men were part of a 10-member group.
One of them had returned from Qatar 10 days ago. His wife and sister denied he had anything to do with the IS terror outfit.
The relatives and friends of the other accused too expressed surprise over the development.
On Sunday, the NIA said it had busted a terror module with the arrest of the six persons who were accused of conspiring to execute terror acts.
The investigating agency had registered a case at its Kochi branch under law provisions dealing with criminal conspiracy, waging or attempting to wage war against the government etc., and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 31-year-old man was arrested on Monday by the National Investigation Agency for his suspected links to Islamic State (IS) module in Kerala, police said.Suhani, settled in Thodapuzha in Kerala for over 20 years, had developed contacts with some persons with links with IS there.He fled Thodapuzha after the NIA arrested some of his IS associates there and came to Tirunelveli, police said.Six persons, who were arrested earlier for their links with the international terror outfit in Thodupuzha had confessed to police that Suhani was their associate and he had fled to Tamil Nadu after the NIA nabbed them.Suhani, who was working in a shop here, was arrested at his house at Khadermoideen Pallivasal Street early this morning and was taken to Kerala for further investigation, police said.
New Delhi: The NIA on Sunday arrested six persons from Kerala for allegedly plotting terror attacks in the country during the agency’s ongoing investigation into the disappearance of 21 people from the state who are believed to have joined the Islamic State.
Those arrested have been identified as Manseed alias Omar Al Hindi, Abu Basheer alias Rashid, Swalih Mohammed T alias Yousuf, Safwan P, Jasim NK and Ramshad Nageelan Kandiyil alias Aaamu from two districts of Kerala. All the six would be presented before a Specal NIA court on Monday at Ernakulam, sources in the anti-terror probe agency said.
NIA was assisted by police personnel from Kerala, Delhi and Telangana during the operations.
An NIA spokesman said that acting on specific information, its teams along with police from Kerala, Delhi and Telangana tracked the movement of the accused.
During searches conducted on Monday in Kozikhode and Kannur districts of Kerala these six people were arrested, the spokesman said. Five of them were arrested when they were allegedly conducting a meeting at Kanakamala hilltop in Kannur district.
During subsequent searches, another person was detained from Kuttiyadi in Kozhikode district and later arrested.
The NIA spokesman said that during the searches, incriminating material besides electronic devices were seized.
“Follow up searches are being conducted by NIA in Chennai, Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and Kannur, Kozikhode and Mallapuram in Kerala with support of Tamil Nadu and Kerala Police,” the spokesman said.
The searches were conducted after credible information was received that some youth from Kerala and Tamil Nadu along with their accomplices have entered into a criminal conspiracy to commit terrorist acts by collecting explosives and other offensive material for targeting important persons and places of public importance in various parts of south India, sources said.
The NIA has already registered a case in connection with the 21 missing youths from Kerala who are believed to have joined ISIS terror group in Afghanistan and later moved to Syria and some other countries.
Srinagar/New Delhi: The NIA on Tuesday took into custody the two men from PoK arrested by army in connection with its probe into the attack at an army camp in Uri even as it established the identity of one of the four slain attackers as belonging to PoK.
The NIA took over the custody of the two men identified as Ahasan Kursheed alias DC, a resident of Khaliana Kalan and Faisal Hussain Awan, a resident of Pottha Jahangir–both in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), and would produce them before a designated court soon, official sources said.
The two were arrested by the BSF and the Army in a joint operation at ‘Angoor Post’ at Gavalata village in Uri last Saturday when they were trying to infiltrate into India.
With both being residents of PoK, the authorities interrogated them whether they had any knowledge about the attack in which four terrorists had stormed an army camp at Uri on September 18 and killed 18 soldiers.
The duo initially claimed that they had inadvertently crossed into India but after sustained interrogation they not only informed the security agencies about the two guides who had helped the terrorists to infiltrate but also helped them in identifying one of the militant involved in the attack, the sources said.
One of the killed terrorist was identified by NIA as Hafiz Ahmed of Darbang in Muzaffarabad Tehsil of PoK.
The duo would be brought to the national capital where they would undergo scientific tests and also subjected to an interrogation by joint team of security agencies.
The two had been recruited initially by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed(JeM) for guiding its militants to infiltrate across the LoC and later they helped other militant groups as well, the sources said.
The NIA later produced the two persons before a designated court in Jammu which remanded them to NIA custody, official sources said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kolkata Police on Monday busted a major Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB) module from Bangladesh active in eastern and north-eastern India. The police arrested as many as six JMB operatives, of which three are Bangladeshi nationals and three Indian nationals of Bangladesh origin.The police highlighted that the arrested were running sleeper cells of the JMB across the eastern and north-eastern states and were plotting a terror attack in the region. However, officials did not rule out any links with the Islamic State or the attack in Dhaka’s high security zone Gulshan.“They were planning a terror attack in this region. The module was active in radicalising youths from Bangladesh. Since they did not use any technology or social media or mobile phones, it was a difficult catch. Some more operatives are involved in the module and we are looking for them,” said Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police (Special Task Force), Vishal Garg, adding, “We are probing all possible angles. We are also investigating if they had any role to play in the Gulshan attacks or have any links with the Islamic State.” This arrest and busting of the module comes as a major breakthrough as all these JMB operatives were wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the October 2, 2014, Burdwan blast case and had cash bounty on them.Sources in the Special Task Force highlight that these operatives were controlled and handled by JMB’s Majlish-e-Shura, think tank in charge of India, Salahuddin. The police seized ‘white powder’ sort of chemical compound from the possession of these JMB operatives. “We have seized some ‘white powder’ kind of an explosive. We do not know the nature of the explosive, hence we have sent it for examination. These explosives were being brought to Kolkata when we arrested them,” added Garg.The police have seized several electrical wire circuits and electrical boards, circuits of IEDs, forged documents, fake Indian and Bangladeshi currency. A Bangladeshi trade license in the name of Rubel was also seized from his possession, besides chemical compounds, SD cards, laptop and mobile phones. All the chemical compounds and explosives have been sent for examination.All six arrested will be produced before the local court in Kolkata and the police will ask for custody.Meanwhile, a team of NIA officers is all set to question the six arrested by the Kolkata Police’s Special Task Force. Details of the 6 arrested1. The head of JMB’s Bengal unit, Inam alias Anwar Hussain.2. Maulana Yusuf, who is the chief motivator of JMB across Madrasas in Bengal, had a Rs10 lakh bounty on him by the NIA. Yusuf used to radicalise youth in the Madrasa and train them in guerrilla warfare. Yusuf was the second-in-command for the JMB’s Bengal unit.3. Sahidul Islam is the chief of the JMB in the North-eastern region and was wanted by the NIA.4. Md. Rubel alias Rafique is a resident of Jamalpur, Bangladesh and an expert in IEDs. Rubel used to bring Bangladeshi youths to India to train and radicalise them. NIA had announced Rs1 lakh bounty on him.5. Md. Abul Kalam is also an expert in IEDs and used to assist another operative, Sahidul.6. Jabirul Islam alias Jahidul Islam is a Bangladeshi national, who had entered India without any valid passport or visa.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday said that media related conclusions attributed to it with regard to the investigation of the recent terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, were factually incorrect.Responding to a September 21 Indian Express report titled ‘Terrorists locked soldiers in cook house, store: Probe’ the NIA said in a statement, that “As per the order of the Ministry of Home Affairs, it has commenced investigation which is at a preliminary stage only. In such case, the movements of the terrorists inside the army camp are still being verified and it cannot be said to be the same as published in the newspaper.””No seizure of items, including Kalashnikov rifles has been made so far, and hence, the presence or absence of markings on them has not been ascertained yet. Further, the process of taking over of the case properties are only underway, and have not yet been completed. The reference to the NIA’s conclusions on the GPS sets, and other case properties in this news report, are thus without basis,” the NIA added. The investigative agency also denied the report of NIA chief Sharad Kumar visiting the attack site on Tuesday.Further, the NIA has advised the newspaper to ensure stringent editorial oversight while publishing reports related to security and military operational implications, and hence, has requested it to publish an errata and apology for having published a report full of falsehood. As per Indian Express report, the terrorists spent at least a day in the mountains above the brigade headquarters complex observing their target.Report said, four Kalashnikov rifles used by the terrorists, and handed over by the military to the investigators on Monday, bore no markings or insignia of any kind. There were also no military markings on barrel-fired grenades destroyed by the army Monday, or on launchers fitted on the Kalashnikovs claimed the newspaper in its reports.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The four terrorists who stormed an army base in Uri sector on Sunday killing 18 soldiers belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and managed to sneak in by cutting the perimeter fencing of the highly-guarded army installation at two places, investigations have shown. In an indication that the terrorists were well-versed of the layout of the army base close to the Line of Control(LoC), the assailants locked the cooking room and store from outside to prevent the soldiers from leaving before setting them afire, sources privy to the probe said on Wednesday.The investigators are not ruling out “insider help” to the terrorists in view of the precise nature of the actions undertaken by the intruders once inside the army base, the sources said, adding the attackers first cut the perimeter fencing at two places.After locking the cooking room and store, two of the terrorists started moving towards the officers quarters within the base but they were gunned down before they could inflict any further damage, they said. The two Global Positioning System (GPS) sets recovered from the slain militants were damaged during the attack and have been handed over to the NIA, which is probing the case. The four intruders, who had crossed in from Pakistan- occupied Kashmir (Pok) a day earlier, were affiliated to LeT as the terrorist module bore striking resemblance to the group from the same Pakistan-based terror outfit eliminated in Poonch on September 11, the sources said.Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh had told reporters hours after the attack that as per initial reports the slain terrorists belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad(JeM), also a Pakistan-based terror outfit.”All four killed were foreign terrorists and had carried with them items which had Pakistani markings. Initial reports indicate that the slain terrorists belong to Jaish-E-Mohammed tanzeem,” Lt Gen Singh had said.The terrorists both at Uri and Poonch were carrying small plastic bottles containing a concoction of petroleum jelly and gelatin which was used to set the soldiers’ tents on fire, the sources said.Various intelligence agencies probing the bloodiest attack on army in Kashmir in 27 years believe that the attack could be handiwork of LeT, which has been induging in shallow infiltration — a strategy to target the first available security installation by the infiltrators after crossing the LoC.The NIA on Tuesday registered a case to probe the terror attack at the Army installation in Uri. The NIA took over the investigation from the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had registered a case on Sunday, and began probe by collecting evidence available with the Army formation at Uri.The NIA team led by Inspector General G P Singh has been camping in Uri since its arrival on Tuesday. The team will collect the DNA samples of the four unidentified terrorists and their pictures would be shown to militants lodged in various jails of the state as well as other parts of the country.The NIA team would prepare a dossier and may make a formal request to Pakistan once the identity of the four was ascertained. Army has also instituted an inquiry into the attack with preliminary investigation suggesting the terrorists had entered the area at least a day before mounting the brazen assault.The inquiry besides ascertaining lapses, if any, would also suggest measures to prevent such attacks in the future as Pakistani-based groups were indulging more in “shallow infiltration”, which means that terrorists strike the first available installation after crossing the Line of Control.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a firm stand with Islamabad over the Uri attack, India on Wednesday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and reminded him of the commitment made by the neighbouring nation in January 2004 to not allow its soil be used for terrorism against India, adding that the ‘persistent and growing violation’ of this undertaking is a matter of serious concern.”The latest terrorist attack in Uri only underlines, that the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan remains active. We demand that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment to refrain from supporting and sponsoring terrorism against India,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a statement. Asserting that 2016 began with the Pathankot Airbase attack, he added that there have been continuous attempts by armed terrorists to cross the LoC (Line of Control) and the international boundary in order to carry out attacks in India.Swarup stated that 17 such attempts have been foiled at or around the LoC resulting in the elimination of 31 terrorists and preventing their intended acts of terrorism. “The Foreign Secretary also reminded the Pakistan High Commissioner that even as he spoke, two engagements at the LoC were ongoing,” he said.Displaying a list of proofs nailing Pakistan”s involvement in the recent terror attack, Swarup emphasised that a number of items that include:1. GPS from the bodies of terrorists with coordinates that indicate the point and time of infiltration across the LoC and the subsequent route to the terror attack site.2. Grenades with Pakistani markings.3. Communication matrix sheets4. Communication equipment5. Other stores made in Pakistan, including food, medicines and clothes.Calling on the Pakistan government to take active involvement into the investigation of the attacks, the MEA spokesperson said that is Islamabad wishes to investigate these cross border attacks, India is ready to provide fingerprints and DNA samples of those terrorists killed in the Uri and Poonch incidents. Following this diplomatic volley, India now awaits for a response from the government of Pakistan.Earlier, Director General of Military operation Lt. General Ranbir Singh had stated that the four terrorists, who attacked the military base in Uri, belonged to Pakistan’s banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). Following the tragedy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had strongly condemned the “cowardly terror attack” and assured the nation that those behind the “despicable attack” will not go unpunished. Sources state that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will strongly emphasize Pakistan’s involvement in the attack during her UNGA speech on September 26.Pakistan has, however, flatly rejected New Delhi’s claims of involvement in the Uri terror attack, stating that the latter has a traditional tendency to point fingers at the former whenever a terror attack takes place on Indian soil. Meanwhile, the National investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the terror attack in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir, will be seeking the help of the Army, Intelligence Bureau and RAW to get identities of the terrorists verified.The agencies will be asked to provide the NIA with intercepts of the last two to four months in the region. As per sources, Kashif Jaan, who had escorted the Pathankot terrorists till the border, could also have been the handler of the slain terrorists in Uri. The NIA sources say that the Uri attack may have been masterminded by Kashif Jaan, Rauf Asgar and Masood Azhar. The NIA yesterday filed an FIR in the Uri terror strike case and a six-member team will soon visit the site of the attack to collect the evidence in the matter.According to sources, NIA will collect the blood samples and finger prints of the four killed terrorists in Uri. The Army is set to handover all items recovered from the killed terrorists including weapons, navigation maps to the NIA for further investigation. The NIA will also send the GPS and icon satellite set to the United States for forensic investigation to find out what route the terrorists chose and when and how they entered Indian territory.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after the attack at the army headquarters in Uri of Jammu and Kashmir, National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday registered a case and said it will be visiting the attack site to collect evidence.PTI reported that the NIA will take DNA samples of four Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists involved in the Uri attack.Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday morning chaired a high-level security review meeting at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir.NSA Ajit Doval, Director of Intelligence Bureau, RAW Chief, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, Minister of State in Prime Minister Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh and other senior MHA and MoD officials were in attendance.Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, who has arrived in Kashmir, will also review the security situation.Heavily armed militants had stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in North Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours on Sunday, killing 18 jawans and injuring 19 other personnel in the terror strike in which four ultras were neutralised.As clamour for strong action against Pakistan over the Uri attack grew, the Army has said it reserves the right to respond at a time and place of its choosing even as various options were discussed in a flurry of high-level meetings.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also given the green signal to diplomatically isolate Pakistan at every international grouping.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a u-turn within a month, the government on Friday cancelled the one-year extension of IPS officer Sanjeev Kumar Singh, Inspector General in the National Investigation Agency (NIA).Surprisingly, there is a mention in the fresh order that “competent authority” in the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) had “not approved” the extension order of Singh, a 1987 batch IPS officer from Madhya Pradesh.Singh, who also doubled up as the Chief Spokesman of the NIA, an organisation that came into existence after the 26/11 Mumbai terror strike, was given extension by the ACC on June 22 for a period of one year.However, Friday’s order issued by the Department of Personnel said “it is conveyed that the competent authority in the Appointments Committee of Cabinet has not approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs for extension of central deputation” for Singh.It has also asked the Home Ministry to relieve Singh from the post immediately.The June 22 order had said the ACC has approved the proposal of the Home Ministry for extension of Singh for a period for one year beyond July 5, 2016, in relaxation of IPS tenure policy.During his tenure, Singh had emerged as the face of NIA and he handled various sensitive cases including the Burdhwan blasts, Pathankot terror strike, growth of ISIS modules in the country and Udhampur terror attack.