NIA charges 10 LeT men for trying to revive outfit’s activities in India


New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today filed charge-sheet against suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives Sheikh Abdul Naeem and others in a Delhi court for allegedly preparing to revive the terror outfit’s activities in India on the directions of Pakistan-based handlers.

The charge-sheet was filed in connection with RC 20/2017 before the NIA Special Court at Patiala House, New Delhi under sections 120B, 468 and 471 of IPC, sections 17, 18, 18B, 19, 20, 21, 38, 39 and 40 of UAPA, section 12 of Passport Act, section 34 of the Aadhar Act, 2016 and sections 7 & 25 of the Arms Act, 1959, a release issued by NIA said.

The NIA named 10 persons — five of whom have been arrested, while the rest are absconding –in its charge sheet filed before District Judge Poonam A Bamba, a statement released by NIA said.

The charge sheet, which also names two persons, who have turned approvers, will be taken up for consideration the next date of hearing, on July 4.

Apart from Naeem, the final report has named Bedar Bakht, Towseef Ahmad Malik, Dinesh Garg and Adish Kumar Jain as accused, who were arrested from different parts of the country, and are currently in judicial custody.

The charge-sheet named Habib-ur-Rahman, Gul Nawaz, Javed and Mohd Imran as absconders, besides one Amzad, a Pakistan resident.

The report also listed the role of Mahfooz Alam and Abdul Samad, who were granted conditional pardon by the court earlier this month after both turned approvers.

This case was registered on 27 November 2017 at NIA, New Delhi, against Sheikh Abdul Nayeem, Amzad alias Rehan and others. It was alleged that LeT operative Shaikh Abdul Naeem alias Sohel Khan (A-1) has been involved in receiving funds from the main operatives of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) based in Pakistan and UAE for terrorist activities in India and was using the same to establish hideouts, recruit people for LeT and to do reconnaissance of targets in India, the NIA release said.

Naeem, in pursuance of the larger criminal conspiracy to carry out the subversive activities in India, infiltrated into the country from the Bangladesh side along with three of his associates — Muzaffar Ahmed Rather, a Jammu and Kashmir resident, and two Pakistan-based terrorists, Md Abdulla and Md Yunus — in 2007, and while infiltrating into the Indian territory, he got arrested, the charge sheet said.

It added that while Rather, Abdulla and Yunus were awarded death sentence by a West Bengal court in January last year, the trial against Naeem is still pending since he had escaped from custody in August 2014, while being taken from Kolkata to Maharashtra for a court attendance.

“After his escape, Naeem continued his activities as an active member of the LeT and remained in telephonic (voice and VOIP calls) and internet (Nimbuz) contact with his handlers of LeT, including, but not limited to Abdullah Rashid of Faisalabad, Pakistan,” the final report said.

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