Bihar: NIA searches 20 more locations in Phulwari Sharif ‘terror module’ case

Dr B Thomas (Special Correspondent)

oday NIA conducted searches at 20 locations linked with the accused and suspects in the 9 districts of Bihar,including Nalanda,Katihar, Arariya,Madhubani,Patna,Vaishali,Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Saran.

Searches were also conducted today morning in Shiv Ganga district in Tamilnadu and South Kannada district in Karnataka in the case pertaining to the involvement of Popular Front of India (PFI) in anti-national activities the NIA said in a statement.

In July,the agency searched 10 locations in Patna, Darbhanga, East Champaran, Nalanda and Madhubani districts after a retired Jharkhand policeman and two others part of a “potential terror module were arrested.

Athar Parvez,an alleged former SIMI member; Mohammed Jalaluddin, a retired sub-inspector; and Arman Malik were picked up from the Phulwari Sharif area and accused of planning to foment trouble during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bihar visit.

Police said the trio, allegedly linked to the PFI, had sought to target those “who make adverse and objectionable” comments on Islam.

Patna senior superintendent of police Manavjit Singh Dhillon then said the trio had held meetings and imparted physical training “just as RSS shakhas are held for physical training, a remark that prompted the BJP to seek disciplinary action against the IPS officer.

A day before the arrests,police booked 26 people allegedly part of a “potential terror module”under Indian Penal Code sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 121 and 121A (waging war against state), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration).

During the searches conducted today at the premises of accused and suspects, incriminating materials,including digital devices and documents,have been seized.

Further investigations in the case are in progress.