Wednesday 28 October 2020

Al Qaeda terrorists caught in West Bengal sent to NIA custody

The gang of terrorists was planning to kill innocent people and strike terror in their minds, said the NIA

An NIA court has granted transit remand to all six al Qaeda terrorists who had been arrested from Murshidabad district in West Bengal earlier. The NIA has to produce the terrorists before Patiala House court in Delhi by 24 September. Until then, they will be under NIA custody.

The NIA has booked the al Qaeda terrorists under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Special NIA court judge Prasenjit Biswas remanded the six persons, arrested on the intervening night of 18 and 19 September from Murshidabad, to NIA custody. The judge directed the agency to produce the accused before the court again by 24 September.

Those arrested from Murshidabad are Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal and Atitur Rehman, said an NIA spokesperson.

A large quantity of incriminating materials including digital devices, documents, jihadi literature, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, a locally fabricated body armour, articles and literature used for making home-made explosive devices have been seized from their possession. Boxes of crackers, switches and batteries, which NIA said were being used to assemble an IED, were recovered from accused arrested Abu Sufiyan’s house in Murshidabad.

The NIA had earlier arrested al Qaeda terrorists Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Biswas and Mosaraf Hossen from Kerala.

Acting on a tip-off from central intelligence agencies, the NIA, with the help of the state police forces, carried out raids at Ernakulam in Kerala and Murshidabad of West Bengal to arrest the nine suspected terrorists.

Pakistan-based al Qaeda terrorists on social media radicalised and motivated these nine to carry out attacks at multiple places including Delhi National Capital Region. The module led by Murshidabad resident Abu Sufiyan, who is among the 9 arrested, was actively indulging in fundraising.

Some members of the gang were planning to travel to New Delhi to procure arms and ammunition. The plans included travelling to Kashmir for delivering the weapons. Saturday’s arrests have pre-empted possible terrorist attacks in various parts of the country, said the NIA.

The NIA had earlier learnt about an inter-state module of al Qaeda operatives at various locations in India including West Bengal and Kerala. The agency registered a case in this regard on 11 September. The group was planning to kill innocent people and strike terror in their minds, said the NIA.

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