Terror probe agency National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a chargesheet in a Karnataka court against two people for raising funds for furthering the activities of Pakistan-based terror group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)
The accused also attempted to radicalise and recruit gullible Muslim youth in India to join the banned terror outfit to carry out violent jihad.
The NIA had registered a case against the accused Mohd Arif (42) of Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh who was working as a French translator in Bengaluru and Hamraz Worshid Shaikh (27) of Maharashtra’s Thane under various Sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Indian Penal Code.
An official said investigations have revealed that the accused communicated over encrypted social media applications.
“These youths were also motivated to migrate and join the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan for carrying out violent Jihad,” a spokesperson said.
The official said Arif also made preparations to illegally cross over to Afghanistan through the Iran-Afghanistan border to join the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan along with his family.
“Arif had applied for an 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 the online handler,” the spokesperson said.
The agency said investigations also revealed that Shaikh had sent money to Pakistan to further the activities of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
“The accused persons intended to establish Islamic rule in India by overcoming the democratically elected government through violent Jihad. Further investigations against the accused persons and suspects are in progress,” the official said.