NIA charge sheets 11 in Nizamabad PFI case

The agency said that its probe revealed that the accused persons were radicalising gullible Muslim youth and recruiting them into the PFI

NEW DELHI | Updated: 30 December, 2022 1:06 pm IST
NIA headquarters in Delhi (TNI photo By Amit Rawat)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said on Friday that it has filed a charge sheet against 11 people in the Nizamabad Popular Front of India (PFI) case.

The NIA said that a charge sheet was filed against 11 people on Thursday before an NIA Special Court in Hyderabad pertaining to the organisation of terror training camps and the recruitment of persons for terrorist acts by the PFI.

The case was initially registered on July 4 this year in Nizamabad and later taken over by the NIA on August 26.

The agency said that its probe revealed that the accused persons were radicalising gullible Muslim youth and recruiting them into the PFI through speeches filled with hatred and venom against the government of India as well as other organisations and individuals.

“Once recruited into the PFI, the Muslim youth were sent to training camps organised by the PFI under the cover and guise of yoga classes and physical education (PE) beginners course (BC), where they were trained in the use of everyday articles (knife, sickle and iron rods) to kill a person by attacking vulnerable body parts, such as the throat, stomach and head and for the commission of terror acts,” the NIA said.

The NIA has filed a charge sheet against the 11 accused under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

The NIA has named Abdul Khader, Abdul Ahad of Nizamabad, Shaik Iliyas Ahmed from Nellore, Abdul Saleem from Jagtial, Shaik Shadullah from Nizamabad, Feroz Khan from Adilabad, Mohammad Osman aka Usman from Jagtial, Syed Yahiya Sameer from Nizamabad, Shaik Imran aka Imran Qureshi from Nizamabad, Mohammad Abdul Mubeen, Nizamabad, Mohammad Irfan from Karimnagar.

In the last few months, the NIA has registered several cases related to PFI and carried out searches in several parts of the country.

The NIA has also arrested several people in connection with the case in a bid to thwart the anti-national activities.

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