Bangladesh terror outfit operatives had allegedly committed dacoities in Bengaluru to fund terror plans
Terror charges against 11 persons were framed in a chargesheet filed on Wednesday by the NIA before the NIA special court in Bengaluru. The charges are under sections 120B, 34, 201, 395, 397, 399, 400 and 458 of the IPC, and sections 17, 18 and 20 of the UA(P) Act.
Those chargesheeted are: Najir Sheikh@Patla Anas (25), r/o Murshidabad district, West Bengal; Arif Hussain@Mota Anas (24), r/o Barpeta district, Assam; Asif Ikbal@Nadem (23), r/o Murshidabad district, West Bengal; Jahidul Islam@Kausar (40), r/o Jamalpur district, Bangladesh; Kador Kazi@Mijanur Rahman (33), r/o Birbhum district, West Bengal; Habibur Rahman@Talha (28), r/o Birbhum district, West Bengal; Md Dilwar Hossain@Umar (28), r/o Malda district, West Bengal; Mustafizur Rahman@Tuhin (39), r/o Birbhum district, West Bengal; Adil Sheikh@Asadullah (27), r/o Murshidabad district, West Bengal; Abdul Karim@Korim SK (21), r/o Murshidabad district, West Bengal, and Mosaraf Hossain@Hossain (22), r/o Murshidabad district, West Bengal.
NIA files chargesheet against 11 terrorists in JMB ( Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh)Dacoity Cases pic.twitter.com/sg9P2KkxvA— NIA India (@NIA_India) February 17, 2021
The four cases, RC 15-18/2020/NIA/DLI, were re-registered on April 1, 2020, in connection with dacoities allegedly committed by members of the JMB (Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh). The accused had, in February 2018, allegedly hatched a plan to raise funds for the cause of the JMB on the pretext of ‘Maal-e-Ganimat’. In furtherance of the conspiracy, JMB members committed dacoities at four places in Bengaluru in February-April 2020. The four cases were originally registered as FIR No. 109/2018 dated 27.02.2018 of KR Puram police station, FIR No. 119/2018 dated 15.03.2018 of Attibele PS, FIR No. 69/2018 dated 20.03.2018 of Kothanur PS, and FIR No. 172/2018 dated 24.04.2018 of Attibele PS.
All the accused persons were taken in police custody and interrogated. The main accused, Jahidul Islam@Kausar, identified the hideouts where he and his associates had taken shelter, shops from where they had procured instruments for committing the dacoities, and the houses where the dacoities were committed from February to April 2019.
According to the NIA, Jahidul Islam@Kausar, a Bangladeshi national and the main conspirator and leader of the JMB, a proscribed terrorist organisation, was involved in promoting the activities of the JMB in India. He is one of the prime accused in serial blasts in Bangladesh carried out by the JMB in 2005. He is also the main conspirator in RC-03/2014/NIA/DLI (Burdwan bomb blast case) and RC-04/2018/NIA/DLI (Bodh Gaya blast case).
According to the NIA, the investigation established the broad network forged by JMB operatives in India for committing terrorist and subversive activities by procuring arms and explosives, recruiting youths and conducting training camps.