The Indian Mujahideen (IM) had plans to establish an Islamic state in India, along the lines of terrorist organisation Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) established in Iraq, the National Investigation Agency told a Delhi court on Thursday.
According to a supplementary charge sheet filed by the NIA before district judge IS Mehta, the agency’s investigation into the IM’s activities has led them to believe that the top brass of the terror module wanted to establish an ISIS-like station in India.
"A-26 (absconding IM member Mohammed Shafi Armar) stated that he desired that India should also become like Iraq and Syria (where terrorist activities were continuously going on and large scale violence was also taking place)," the NIA said in its supplementary charge sheet filed against 20 suspected IM operatives, and naming another 13 suspects.
The chiefs of IM and several members had even stated that they desired to travel to Syria and learn from other ‘jihadis,’ the agency told court.
“During chat (email), accused A-26 (Armar) stated that he desired to be dispatched to Syria to work with other jihadis...” the NIA in its 108-page charge sheet alleges.
Several members had also expressed the desire to travel to Syria and take part in the on-going ‘holy war’ over there, the agency added.
In particular, the NIA said one of the 20 accused and an absconder wanted to travel to Syria for waging "religious war" with assistance of other international terrorist organisations.
"The accused A-25 (Abdul Khadir Sultan Armar) also wanted to take part in the violent religious war in Afghanistan," NIA alleged, adding, "accused A-26 (Mohammed Shafi Armar) wanted to travel to places in Afghanistan and Syria to work with the al Qaeda for the furtherance of conspiracy."
The charge sheet was presented before the court in an in-camera proceeding.
Sources have revealed that the court took cognisance of it and fixed the matter for further hearing on November 3.
The charge sheet was filed on Monday by the NIA against arrested accused Tehsin Akhtar, Waqas, Haidar Ali alias Abdullah and 17 other absconding men including IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Mirza Shahid Beg.
It was the third charge sheet filed in the case, registered on September 10, 2012 against members of IM for carrying out terrorist activities and conspiracy for waging war against the country.
It cites evidence indicating the involvement of the accused including recovered e-mails and chat logs, extracts of DNA recovered from hide outs, and record of financial transactions across international boundaries.
A total of 33 operatives of the Indian Mujahideen have been charge sheeted so far by the NIA during the investigation of the aforesaid case. The investigation is being further continued in respect of some more IM cadres.