NIA files supplementary chargesheet against 20 IM operatives

National Investigation Agency (NIA) Monday filed a supplementary charge sheet against 20 alleged operatives of banned terror group Indian Mujahideen (IM), including Haidar Ali alias "Black beauty", for waging war against the country.

New Delhi: National Investigation Agency (NIA) Monday filed a supplementary chargesheet against 20 alleged operatives of banned terror group Indian Mujahideen (IM), including Haidar Ali alias "Black beauty", for waging war against the country.

In the supplementary charge sheet filed in the special NIA court, 17 absconding accused including Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal and Amir Reza Khan have been charged for executing terrorist acts like bomb blasts at various places across the country.

In the charge sheet, the NIA has cited prosecutable evidence indicating the involvement of the accused persons which includes recovered e-mails and chat logs, extracts of DNA recovered from hide outs, record of financial transactions across international boundaries in addition to oral testimony of witnesses.

This is the second supplementary charge sheet filed by NIA in the case which was registered by the agency in 2012 to probe the activities or IM along with its 'sleeper cells' based in the country and abroad.

The NIA was tasked to unravel and prevent conspiracy hatched by the terror group for targeting various important and prominent places of India including Delhi by triggering bomb blasts, with the active aid and support from their Pakistan-based operatives and associates.

A total of 29 operatives of the Indian Mujahideen have been charge sheeted so far by the NIA during it probe of the case.

Today's charge sheet named Tahseen Akhtar alias Monu, Zia Ur Rehman alias Waqas, a Pakistani national, besides Ali.

Dreaded terrorists like Riyaz Ahmed Shah alias Riyaz Bhatkal, Mohammed Iqbal alias Iqbal Bhatkal, who hail from Bhatkal area of Karnataka and Amir Reza Khan of Kolkata and Mohsin Chowdhry of Pune, who were among the first to have started IM, have been named in the charge sheet.

Azamgargh module of Indian Mujahideen which included Ariz Khan, Mohd. Sajid, Shahnawaz Alam, Mirza Shadab Beg, Mohd Khalid, Abu Rashid and Mohammed Rashid have also been named.

Others accused include Mohammed Saleem Ishaqui, Afif Jailani, Abdul Khadir Sultan, Mohammed Shafi, Mohammed Hussain Farhan and Anwar Husain (all from Bhatkal area of Karnataka).

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