Chennai: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a chargesheet against 12 accused involved in the case related to fraudulent procurement and activation of SIM cards which were used by ISIS/Daish terrorists for their activities in Tamilnadu and other parts of India.
The chargsheet was filed under Sections 120-B, 201, 465, 468, 471 and 34 of IPC, Sec 25 (1A) of Arms Act and Secs 17, 18, 18B, 19, 38, 39 and 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, before the special court here yesterday.
The chargesheet was filed against Pachaiyappan (37) of Kancheepuram, A Rajesh (34) of Chennai, Anbarasan T (27), Abdul Rahiman (44), Liyakath Ali (29)-all from Salem, Mohammed Haneef Khan (29), Imran Khan (32) Mohammed Zaid (24), Ejaz Pasha (46), Hussain Shariff (33)–all from Bengaluru, Khaja Mohideen (52) of Cuddalore district and Mahboob Pasha (48) of Bengaluru.
A NIA release said investigation of the case revealed that after the release of the key conspirator and ISIS/Daish terrorist Khaja Mohideen on bail from Puzhal Central prison in the case relating to the murder of a Hindu leader in February, 2019, he had conspired with one Liyakath Ali with the intention of furthering the activities of ISIS/ Daish in India.
They procured large number of SIM cards fraudulently activated by Pachaiyappan Rajesh at Chennai, besides by Anbarasan and Abdul Rahman at Salem between September and December, 2019.
Khaja Mohideen had radicalised his associates Mohammed Haneef Khan, Imran Khan, Mohammed Zaid, Ejaz Pasha, Hussain Shariff and Mahboob Pasha of Bengaluru, on the violent extremist ideology of ISIS/ Daish and conspired with them to further their activities in India.
In furtherance of the conspiracy, Khaja Mohideen and Mahboob Pasha also procured through the co-conspirators, country-made fire arms and prohibited ammunition besides jungle camping equipment, pursuant to their intention to establish a wilayah (province) of ISIS/ Daish near forests in south India with a view to wage violent jihad on behalf of the global terrorist organisation.
The case was originally registered by ‘Q’ Branch, Chennai Police 28 December, 2019 based on a complaint filed by the Territorial Sales Manager, Airtel, Kancheepuram that some Airtel SIM cards were fraudulently activated using identity documents of various persons without their knowledge for unlawful gain.
Investigation revealed that the SIM cards were activated in Chennai and during subsequent investigation, it was found that similar fraudulent activation of Vodafone SIM cards were also done at Salem.
The fraudulently activated SIM cards procured from Chennai and Salem were provided to Khaja Mohideen, who used them for communicating with his co-conspirators and terror associates and for procurement of illegal arms and ammunition for preparing and perpetrating ISIS/Daish related terrorist activities in India. Further investigation is continuing in the case.