IM men wanted to adopt Maoist method to kill politicians: NIA
NEW DELHI: The Pakistan-based founder of Indian
Mujahideen, Riyaz Bhatkal, had suggested adopting tactics used in the 2013
Maoist strike in Chhattisgarh on Congress leaders for eliminating politicians, the
NIA has told a Delhi court.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said this in
its supplementary charge sheet filed before a special court which on Thursday
took cognisance of the final report filed against 20 suspected IM men and fixed
the case for hearing on November 3.
The charge sheet further said that absconding IM
member Mirza Shadab Beg had ‘allied’ with top terror group al Qaeda for
exploring the availability of fidayeen attack in India.
“Accused A-10 (Riyaz Bhatkal who is absconding) has
clearly stated about his wish of repeating blasts in Mumbai to teach a lesson
to police. Investigation has established that accused A-10 appreciated Maoist
act of killing Congress leaders and postulated that IM should also do such
activity like killing political leaders,” NIA said in the charge sheet.
Maoists had last year attacked the Congress cavalcade
in Chhattisgarh in which 27 people, including the party’s top leaders, were
killed. The charge sheet further said that absconding IM member Mirza Shadab
Beg had ‘allied’ with top terror group al Qaeda for exploring the availability
of fidayeen attack in India.
“The accused A-16 (Beg) allied with the al Qaeda and
was exploring the availability of fidayeen i.e. suicide attacker from the al
Qaeda for terrorist act in India. The accused formed a sub-group of IM
operatives which allied with other absconding jihadi terrorists from different
states of India who had taken shelter in Pakistan, for the furtherance of
terrorist activities within India,” it said.
It also claimed Beg had travelled to bordering areas
of Afghanistan and Pakistan for meeting the operatives of international
terrorist organisations like the al Qaeda and the Taliban. The NIA has named suspected
top IM men Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Tahseen Akhtar, Ariz Khan, Md Sajid,
Beg, Amir Reza Khan, Md Khalid, Mohsin Choudhary,
Haider Ali, Md Saleem Ishaqui and Afif Jailani as accused in the case. Besides
them, alleged IM men Abu Rashid, Zia-ur-Rehman, Abdul Khadir Sultan Armar, Md
Shafi Armar, Md Hussain Farhan, Md Rashid and Anwar Hussain were also named in
the charge sheet by the NIA.
It, however, did not find enough evidence to charge
sheet suspected SIMI operative Abu Faisal in the case. “However, sufficient
prosecutable evidence establishing the role of the aforesaid accused person
(Abu Faisal) in the instant case of conspiracy of IM could not be obtained,” it
Out of the 20 accused named in the charge sheet by
NIA, 17 have not been arrested yet while three others, Tehsin Akhtar, Haidar
Ali and Zia-ur-Rehman, are in judicial custody in connection with the case
relating to a larger conspiracy of the IM to carry out terror activities across
All these accused have been chargesheeted for the
offences under various sections of IPC, including 120-B (criminal conspiracy),
121 (waging war against the country), 121-A (conspiracy to wage war) and
Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
NIA is probing the alleged roles of 33 suspected IM
men in the case out of which 29 have been chargesheeted by it.