The Jharkhand anti-terrorist squad (ATS) has filed a charge sheet against one Ahmad Masood Akram Sheikh alias Monu, a suspected operative of al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), who was arrested by the city police from his residence in Razzaq Colony in Dhatkidih on January 25.
Sheikh is currently lodged in Ghaghidih Central Jail in the city, along with fellow accused Naseem Akhtar alias Raju who was arrested from Azadnagar the same day.
In its first ever charge sheet filed at the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) in Jamshedpur, the ATS said there are 26 suspected AQIS active operatives in Jharkhand.
According to the ATS, eight of these 26 are from Jamshedpur. The court granted the ATS the time it sought investigate the terror network.
“The ATS filed the charge sheet only against Masood. It also prayed for a 180-day extension of judicial custody for Abdul Rahman Ali Khan alias Abdur Rehman alias Maulana Mansoor alias Katki and Abdul Sami alias Ujjair alias Hassan, as they needed more time to investigate the network. The court granted their prayer,” assistant public prosecutor Rajiv Kumar told HT.
“In their plea before the court, the ATS listed five-six key accused from Jamshedpur, Chatra, Lohardaga and Ranchi who are being tracked and investigated for terrorist activities,” sources said.
The development comes one and a half month after the Delhi Police had on June 10, chargesheeted 17 accused, 12 of whom are absconding, for allegedly conspiring, recruiting Indian youths and establishing a base AQIS.
The Special Cell of Delhi Police charged the five arrested accused — Mohd Asif, Zafar Masood, Mohd Abdul Rehman, Syed Anzar Shah and Abdul Sami — for alleged offences under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
Among the 12 who are absconding according to the Delhi Police charge sheet are Abu Sufiyan from Chatra and brothers Zishan Ali and Arshiyan Ali who hail from Jamshedpur. The Ali brothers are related to the Glasgow bombers Kafil and Sabil Ahmad.
The absconding 12 men have been charged with being in touch with terrorists from Pakistan, Iran and Turkey via social media and mobile phones, visiting these countries and financing AQIS and motivating the youth for jihad.
Sami and Katki have reportedly told the ATS that Arshiyan is fighting with Islamic State in Syria, while Suifiyan is in Pakistan.
The Ali brothers have been accused of routing finances to AQIS modules.