The Mizoram police had registered an FIR in July last year, and the same was taken over by NIA a couple of months later in September
The Mizoram police had registered an FIR in July last year, and the same was taken over by NIA a couple of months later in September|Representational image
MIZORAM

NIA files charge sheet against 2 suspected Bangladeshi terrorists

The two accused allegedly entered India illegally in 2018, used fake Aadhaar card to conceal identity; they were planning to plot terror attacks on Indian soil, in Mizoram

Rishu Kalantri

Rishu Kalantri

Tinsukia: The National Investigating Agency (NIA) filed a charge sheet in a special NIA court in Aizawl on Friday against two Bangladesh nationals, who had entered India illegally and concealed their identity using fake Aadhaar cards, and were later found to be members of banned terror outfits in Bangladesh.

The charge sheet was filed against Mahmud Hassan alias Shariful Islam and Mohamad Sa’ad Hussain alias Mohamad Sayad Hussain alias Shohan Molla alias Shihab Hossain under section 120B, 419, 465, 468, and 471 of IPC, Sec 14 of Foreigners Act & Sec 18 UA (P) Act, the agency said in a press note.

The Mizoram police had registered an FIR in July last year, and the same was taken over by NIA a couple of months later in September.

According to the press note, the two were detained by the villagers of Silsuri when they could not produce the valid documents and gave unsatisfactory reply to the queries about their antecedents and purpose of presence in the area.

"They were later handed over to the BSF personnel of Silsuri Border Out-Post (BOP) who in turn handed over the two accused to PS Marpara," it added.

The agency said that during investigation NIA established the identity of the accused as members of Ansar-al-Islam, a banned terrorist organisation in Bangladesh.

According to the statement, "Both the accused crossed the international border of India and Bangladesh illegally in the state of Tripura in November, 2018". "The fake Aadhaar cards were given to them by their handlers in Bangladesh,” it added.

The press release said, "Investigation further revealed that accused Mahmud Hassan had travelled from Agartala to Bangalore in pursuance to conspiracy of terrorist acts in India and stayed in Bangalore for eight to nine months (November 2018 to July 2019)."

During Hassan's stay in Bangalore, he conducted recce of some public places in Bangalore.

"Investigation has also revealed that on instructions of his handler, the accused financially assisted another arrested Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) member lodged in Kolkata jail," the agency added.

The agency said, "Both the accused later criminally conspired, as per directions of their handlers in Bangladesh, and tried to procure weapons from various places in the state of Tripura and Mizoram in pursuance of the conspiracy of committing terrorist acts in India."

"During investigation, large amount of incriminating documents were recovered from their seized digital devices. The agency is continuing the Investigation," the statement added.

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