NIA takes custody of six Al-Qaeda operatives arrested in Murshidabad
Kolkata/UNI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday took the custody of six terrorists associated with Pakistan-sponsored module of Al-Qaeda after conducting night-long raids at several hideouts in West Bengal's Murshidabad district.
The NIA brought all the six al Qaeda operatives to the city from Murshidabad and produced them before the Bankshall court, which ordered the investigating agency to take the arrested into its custody until Sept 24.
The NIA is expected to take them to Delhi on transit remand and interrogate them before producing the operatives to Patiala House court there on Sept 24.
Preempting possible terrorist attacks in various parts of the country, including the National Capital Region (NCR), NIA on Saturday arrested nine terrorists associated with Pakistan-sponsored module of Al-Qaeda after conducting simultaneous raids at several locations at Ernakulam (Kerala) and Murshidabad (West Bengal).
NIA had learnt about an inter-state module of Al-Qaeda operatives at various locations in India including West-Bengal and Kerala.
Accordingly, NIA registered a case No. RC-31/2020/NIA/DLI on September 11 and initiated investigation.
NIA arrested six terrorists from West-Bengal and three terrorists from Kerala in the early morning raids.
Large quantity of incriminating materials including digital devices, documents, jihadi literature, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, a locally fabricated body armour, articles and literature used for making home-made explosive devices have been seized from their possession.
As per the preliminary investigation, these individuals were radicalised by Pakistan-based Al-Qaeda terrorists on social media and were motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places including the National Capital Region.
For this purpose, the module was actively indulging in fundraising and a few members of the gang were planning to travel to New Delhi to procure arms and ammunition.
These arrests have pre-empted possible terrorist attacks in various parts of the country.
State Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and the Opposition upped the ante against the CM Mamata Banerjee-led government for the "alarming decline" in law and order situation.
Reacting to the arrests, state Governor Jagdeep Dhankar tweeted: "State has become home to illegal bomb making that has potential to unsettle democracy. Police @MamataOfficial busy in carrying out political errands and taking on opposition. Those at helm @WBPolice cannot escape their accountability for this alarming decline in law and order."
The details of the arrested accused are as under:
Murshid Hasan, currently a resident of Ernakulam, Kerala.
Iyakub Biswas, currently a resident of Ernakulam, Kerala.
Mosaraf Hossen, currently a resident of Ernakulam, Kerala.
Najmus Sakib, a resident of Murshidabad, West Bengal.
Abu Sufiyan, a resident of Murshidabad, West Bengal.
Mainul Mondal, a resident of Murshidabad West Bengal.
Leu Yean Ahmed, a resident of Murshidabad, West Bengal.
Al Mamun Kamal, a resident of Murshidabad, West Bengal.
Atitur Rehman, a resident of Murshidabad, West Bengal.