NIA Files Chargesheet in Bengaluru Court Against Two Accused for Raising Funds for (TTP) Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan

Pramesh S Jain

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday filed a Charge-sheet against two accused for raising funds to carry out terrorist and disruptive activities for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP),a proscribed terrorist organisation.

The accused also attempted to radicalize and recruit gullible Muslim youth in India to join the banned terror outfit to carry out violent jihad.

NIA had registered a case against the accused identified as,Mohd Arif,42,resident of Aligarh,Uttar Pradesh,who was working as a French translator in Bengaluru and his associate,Hamraz Worshid Shaikh, 27,resident of Thane,Maharashtra.

They have been charged under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (P) Act and the also under various sections of IPC.

Investigations revealed that the accused communicated over encrypted social media applications to conspire with their Syria based online handler .

As per the instructions the duo had zeroed in on gullible Muslim youth in India and attempted to radicalize and recruit them by propagating TTP ideology.

These youth were also motivated to escape (hijrah) and to join the TTP for carrying out violent Jihad.

Further probe revealed that Arif also made preparations to illegally cross over to Afghanistan through Iran-Afghanistan border to join the TTP, along with his family.

Arif had applied for Iranian VISA for his entire family and had also booked four flight tickets to Iran and four dummy return flight tickets to India for his family,Including his wife and two minor children.

Arif had also booked rooms in Boshra hotel of Mashhad city of Iran,as per instructions of online handler.

NIA investigations also revealed that the accused Hamraz had sent money to Pakistan for furthering the activities of TTP.

The accused persons intended to establish Islamic rule in India by overcoming the democratically elected government through violent Jihad,the NIA officials, claimed.

Further investigations against the accused persons and suspects are in progress.