Six suspected Islamic State operatives were allegedly conspiring to carry out terror activities in the national capital and adjoining regions and during Ardh Kumbh in Haridwar, the NIA told a special court on Monday.
In its charge-sheet filed before district judge Amar Nath, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) claimed that the accused were planning to assemble Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from explosive materials extracted from “match sticks”, sources said.
The court has put up the charge-sheet for consideration on August 25.
The accused — Akhlakur Rehman, Mohd Azeemushan, Mohd Meraj, Mohd Osama, Mohsin Ibrahim Sayyed and Yosuf-Al-Hindi — have been booked under Section 120B (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and other provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
While five of the accused are in judicial custody, Yosuf-Al-Hindi is absconding.
“They were conspiring to carry out a terror activity in the area of Delhi/NCR and during Ardh Kumbh festival in Haridwar in order to create terror in the minds of people of India and send global message that they are representatives of ISIS in India,” the charge-sheet said.
It added that the “accused owed their allegiance to Islamic State/Islamic State and Levant (ISIL)/ Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to further its activities in India by way of motivating Muslim youths in this regard, and ultimately train and prepare them to carry out terror activities in India and also to shift them to countries like Syria, Iraq, etc.”
“...they were conspiring to carry out terror acts by planting IEDs during the Ardh Kumbh Mela, Haridwar, and for this, they were in the process of acquiring explosives and the necessary expertise in assembling the IEDs with the help of literature provided to one of them through internet,” the charge sheet said.
The case was filed by the special cell of Delhi police on January 18. On the directions of the ministry of home affairs, the case was transferred to the NIA.
The report said the members of the gang were in touch with each other through mobile phones and various other communication platforms such as WhatsApp, Surespot, Twitter, Trillian, Skype and Facebook.
“Their association with each other is established on record and the recovery of explosives in the form of explosive materials from the matchsticks. The extraction of explosive materials from matchsticks was to be used for assembling of IEDs,” the report said.
The report also mentioned “incriminating pictures of slain IS terrorists... videos containing different Muslim clerics giving motivational speeches regarding religion, Jehadi literature, blood shedding, bombardment videos, hate speeches and explanation of how to prepare IEDs”.
Audio files containing provocative religious preaching of Maulana Masood Azhar and others against Hindus were among the incriminating evidence.