NIA files chargesheet against two in Mangaluru blast case | Latest News India - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

NIA files chargesheet against two in Mangaluru blast case

Nov 29, 2023 03:50 PM IST

One of the charge sheeted persons, Mohamed Shariq, had been carrying the pressure cooker IED in an auto-rickshaw when it exploded on November 19, 2022

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday filed a chargesheet against two accused in the Islamic State (IS) sponsored pressure cooker blast that took place in Mangaluru in Karnataka in November last year.

The federal agency had taken over the probe in the blast on November 23, 2022. (Representative file image)
The federal agency had taken over the probe in the blast on November 23, 2022. (Representative file image)

One of the charge sheeted persons, Mohamed Shariq, had been carrying the pressure cooker IED in an auto-rickshaw when it exploded on November 19, 2022. Shariq himself got injured in the blast.

Hindustan Times - your fastest source for breaking news! Read now.

“He had planned to plant the IED at Kadri Manjunatha Temple, Mangaluru, with the aim to create terror among the Hindu community but the low intensify bomb accidentally exploded on the way,” NIA said on Wednesday in a statement.

The federal agency had taken over the probe in the blast on November 23, 2022, and Shariq was arrested along with his associate Syed Shariq in July this year.

The agency said that Shariq and Syed, along with an online handler, had planned the explosion as part of a conspiracy to establish Caliphate (Shariya Law).

Also Read: Terrorist outfit ISKP claims hand in Coimbatore, Mangaluru blasts

“In pursuance of the conspiracy, Mohamed Shariq had prepared the pressure cooker IED and Syed Yasin had provided material support for the explosive. Mohammed Shariq had first come on the radar of security forces in November 2020 when he was arrested by the state police for pro-terror graffiti in Mangaluru city. He and his associates had put up the graffiti in support of the global terror outfit, the Islamic State (IS),” NIA statement said.

Subsequently, Shariq was also named in the Shivamogga Islamic State Conspiracy Case of 2022, in which so far 10 accused have been arrested.

Of these 10 arrested, nine, including Shariq and Syed Yasin, were chargesheeted on June 30 for radicalising and recruiting gullible Muslim youth, raising funds, and further conducting trial blast to further the anti-India activities of IS.

Islamic State for Khurasan Province (ISKP), earlier this year, in one of the editions of its propaganda magazine - ‘Voice of Khurasan’, had claimed the responsibility for the (October 2022) Coimbatore and Mangaluru blasts.

The 68-page issue of Voice of Khorasan, released by ISKP’s Al-Azaim Media Foundation, had asked its operatives in South India to wage a war against Hindus and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“Do you not consider our attacks in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka (Bangalore) where our brothers took revenge for the honour of our religion and terrorised Kufar and its followers,” the magazine stated.

Unveiling 'Elections 2024: The Big Picture', a fresh segment in HT's talk show 'The Interview with Kumkum Chadha', where leaders across the political spectrum discuss the upcoming general elections. Watch Now!

Get Current Updates on India News, PM Narendra Modi Live Updates along with Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the world
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Monday, March 04, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On