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PFI terror module targeting PM Modi busted, two arrested

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The Bihar Police claimed to have busted a “potential terror module indulging in anti-India activities” by arresting two people, including a retired Jharkhand police officer, with alleged links to extremist outfit Popular Front of India (PFI). The duo was arrested in Phulwari Sharif area of Patna late on Wednesday.

“The arrested persons have been identified as Mohammad Jalaluddin, a retired Jharkhand police officer, and Athar Parvez. They have links with PFI. Jalaluddin was earlier associated with Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI),” Phulwari Sharif Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Manish Kumar said.

The Bihar police has claimed that the alleged terror module has been operating from Patna for the last two months. As per the FIR, registered at 10.50 PM, 12 July, the module was working to target the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Patna on 12 July.

The place where the members of this alleged module were taking arms training from experts who had come from states as far as Tamil Nadu and Kerala, where the PFI is highly influential, is not even 5 km from the Patna airport, where the PM’s aircraft landed.

As per the 3-page FIR, the arms training was being given for at least fortnight which indicates a major security lapse regarding the PM’s security as by the own admission of the Bihar police in the FIR, they were not aware of any such module being active in Patna till the evening of 11 July.

Sources claimed that the Bihar police was made aware of the presence of the alleged module by ‘secret information’ (read inputs shared by the Intelligence Bureau-IB) which they received at 7.30 PM, 11 July.

On the basis of the information, the police raided a residential compound; Ahmed Place, Naya Tola, Phulwarisharif, Patna.

On further investigation, the police found that multiple unidentified individuals for the last two months were congregating there at regular intervals and had last met on 6,7 July, just five days before the PM’s arrival.

The police later found a document titled ‘India 2047, towards rule of Islam in India marked ‘internal documents, not for circulation’ from the said compound and similar documents calling for establishing of Islamic rule in India.

The FIR, quoting page 3 of the said document, states , “Popular Front of India is confident that even if 10% of the total Muslim population rally behind it, PFI would subjugate the coward majority community to their knees and bring back glory of Islam to India.”

Page 7 of the same document states, “In the scenario of full-fledged showdown with the state, apart from relying on our trained PE cadre, we would need help from friendly Islamic countries. In the last few years, PFI has developed friendly relationship with Turkey, a flag bearer of Islam. Efforts are on to cultivate reliable friendship in some Islamic countries.”

The FIR states that on interrogation of the people who were staying in the house, the police found that the said house belonging to Mohhamand Jalaluddin (who recently retired from Jharkhand police as a sub-inspector) was being used as a ‘training center’ to teach the use of arms and sharp weapons  that was rented out to Athar Parvez, who admitted to being a member of the now banned SIMI and serving General Secretary, Patna, Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), the political wing of the PFI.

Athar further admitted before the police in the presence of locals that he had created a secret group that had members of PFI and erstwhile SIMI with the aim to ‘avenge the atrocities’ that were being committed on Muslims in India and to attack people who would insult Islam on social media platforms, on the lines of what was done in Udaipur in Rajasthan and Amravati in Maharashtra.

He also admitted to ensuring the SIMI cadre, who were imprisoned in Bihar, gets legal support from the outside.

The local CPI (ML) MLA of Phulwari, Gopal Ravidas told the Daily Guardian that Jalaluddin was an ‘hnourable man’ who had during his service days tackled naxals and terrorists. He further stated that the said room which the police claimed was being used to train the terrorists, was too small to hold 25 people.

Athar, as per the FIR, gave the name of 26 members who were a part of the module and other unnamed individuals. Many of the names accused are functionaries of the PFI.

As per ASP of Phulwari, Manish Kumar, the module had received money from Pakistan based groups in three installments to carry on their training and cultivate resources and sources. However, the same was later denied by senior police officials in Patna who said that no indication of the module being linked to any Pakistan based group was found in the preliminary investigations. 

The case is likely to be transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). 

The Patna police has so far booked two accused in the case, Athar Parvez and Jalaluddin,  while other named accused are likely to be arrested in the coming days.  They have been booked under Sections 120, 120 (B), 121, 121 (A), 153 (A), (B), 34 of the India Penal Code. 

Parvez’s younger brother had gone to prison for carrying out blasts in 2001-02 bomb blasts in the state.

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Earlier in the morning at around 11.30 am, CM Kumar was on an ariel survey of a drought-hit area.

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Meanwhile, the accused was involved in the funding of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Al-Badr terror outfits. The accused Mohammad Yaseen was arrested from the Jammu bus stand.

“Working as an agent in Hawala transactions related to the funding of terror outfits LeT and Al Badr Mohd Yaseen has been apprehended. On 17th Aug 2022, Mohd Yasin gave around Rs 10 lakh to a terror operative Abdul Hamid Mir of Jammu and Kashmir for further use in terrorist activities in the state. In this regard, J&K Police registered a case vide FIR No. 37/2022, dt. 18/08/2022, u/s 13/17/18/40 UA(P) Act, PS Bus Stand, Jammu and Abdul Hamid Mir r/o Mendhar, Poonch, J&K has been arrested from Jammu Bus Stand along with the terror funding amount of Rs 10 lakh,” said a statement.

Mohammad Yaseen worked as a garment trader and was operating from Meena Bazar, Delhi. During interrogation, Yaseen said that the hawala money was being sent to India through South Africa. He used to collect funds from sources based abroad and then used to deliver them to terror operatives.

“The amount was further given to operatives of banned terror outfit LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiyba) and Al Badr in Jammu and Kashmir. Mohd. Yaseen is an important link for transporting funds from different parts of India to J&K.Recently, he has received Rs. 24 lakh sent via Hawala from South Africa, out of which he transferred Rs 17 lakh through two different couriers to terror operatives in J&K. Rs 10 lakh, given by him to arrested accused Abdul Hamid Mir, have been seized by J&K Police, whereas the remaining Rs. 7 lakh has been recovered from his house during search,” added the statement.

Moreover, the information was received from central agencies. However, one mobile phone and Rs 7 lakh were recovered from the accused.

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The horrifying event happened on August 8. The young victim, named Brijesh Kumar, was taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries eight days later.

Police have registered a complaint against the teacher and are looking into it.

The victim’s older brother, claimed that he had been attending the school for the previous two months. He had already paid the fees for the first month, but the second month’s payment was put off while his brother, the family’s sole provider, was away at work. More information is awaited.

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Taking to Twitter Lamba said, “If their policy was right, why had they started the prior one by Sheila Dixit when she was CM of Delhi? AAP always criticizes her tenure and now they are following her policies.”

Lamba claimed that the party knows about the corruption of Satendra Jain.

“If you are so honest, why is Satyendra Jain, the Health Minister of Delhi is in custody for the last two months and no AAP worker and not even Arvind Kejriwal came out on the road against his custody,” Lamba added.

“You have spoilt the future of Delhi students with your policies. You (AAP) were promoting the consumption of liquor by giving them an offer and you (AAP) say that you are building the future of Delhi. You have been unmasked and now face the consequences,” Lamba said.

Earlier in the day, the CBI team started raiding more than 21 locations across Delhi-NCR. The CBI is conducting these raids in connection with the alleged excise scam in Delhi.

“Raids are going on at 21 places in Delhi and NCR, including the residence of Manish Sisodia and premises of four public servants in the Excise Policy case,” a CBI official said.

Meanwhile, the CBI officials reached the residence of Manish Sisodia. Sisodia himself has informed about the action of CBI by tweeting.

“CBI has arrived. We are honest, building a future for lakhs of children. Unfortunate that in this country, whoever does good work is hassled just like this, that is why our country is still not number 1,” Sisodia said.

Moreover, Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal came in support of Manish Sisodia. Taking Twitter Kejriwal said, “I welcome CBI. We will cooperate fully. There have been many such probes, and raids in past. Nothing came out. Nothing will come out this time too.”

Earlier in July, Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena demanded a CBI probe into revamped excise policy in Delhi. He also approved the suspension of 11 officials including Gopikrishna and deputy excise commissioner Anand Kumar Tiwari.

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The sum of the ransom requested by the kidnappers is yet unknown. The Belagavi SP praised the cops who handled the case and stated that they were in charge of the case and said, “In the case of abducting a minor boy registered in Sankeshwar police station and demanding money, the police have arrested six accused who were involved in the act. The work of the officers and staff involved in this search is commendable. @DgpKarnataka @alokkumar6994 @DySPGokak_”

This comes after police at Belagavi’s Nippani rural police station on Wednesday apprehended a burglary suspect and took more than 3 lakh worth of gold jewellery from him.

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Meanwhile, the injured people were rushed to the hospital for treatment. The fire department, electrical department, and police officials were rushed to the incident spot.

According to officials, due to a short circuit, the fire broke out.

“A major fire accident took place in Vakalapudi Sugar Factory near Kakinada. Two people died in this accident. Six others were injured in the incident and another one sustained serious injuries. The prima facie indicates that an explosion occurred due to a short circuit at the conveyor belt in the factory which is used for loading the super bags. The injured were immediately taken to the hospital. The fire department, Electrical department, and police officials are inspecting the area he said. The case is registered,” said Kakinada SP Ravindranath Babu.

However, further investigation into the matter is underway.

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