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NIA files supplementary chargesheet against 6 persons for smuggling and circulation of high quality fake Indian currency notes (FICN)

NIA on January 31, 2017 filed charge sheet (Supplementary) against 6 accused persons for smuggling and circulation of high quality fake Indian currency notes (FICN) in case No. RC-09/2015/NIA/DLI in the Special NIA Court, Kolkata.

The accused in the FICN smuggling and circulation case are:
1) Ashok Kumar Gupta resident of Giridih, Jharkhand @ Badapao (A-6)
2) Prashanto Mondal resident of Malda, West Bengal (A-7)
3) Rubel Mia resident of Malda, West Bengal (A-8)
4) Anarul Mia resident of Malda, West Bengal (A-9)
5) Mozammel Haque resident of Bangladesh (A-10)
6) Sureshbhai Mavjibhai Lathidaida resident of Bhavnagar, Gujarat (A-12)

This case was registered as RC-09/2015/NIA/DLI on 17.08.2015 under section 120B, 489B & 489C of Indian Panel Code and section 16, 18 & 20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 in compliance of the order of the Government of India. The case is based on seizure of High Quality Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs) having face value of Rs. 10,01,000/- effected by officials of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on 26.05.2015 from one Sushanta Sahu @ Bikash Sahu son of Sh. Sarbeshwar Sahu resident of District Dhenkanol, Orrisa.

Earlier in this case, five accused persons have already been charge sheeted on 11.03.2016. They are:
i) Sushanta Sahu @ Bikash Sahu resident of District Dhenkanol, Orrisa
ii) Uttam Kumar Sinha resident of Bankura, Jharkhand
iii) Purushottam Kumar Keshri resident of Dhanbad, Jharkhand
iv) Nishfal Mondal resident of Malda, West Bengal
v) Rameshwar Sahu resident of Giridih, Jharkhand

After completion of further investigation against the six accused persons, it has been established that all of them are part of interstate gang and cross border gang in the procurement and smuggling of FICNs from their associates in Bangladesh. After procuring and smuggling of the same into India, the FICNs were then circulated in various part of country especially in Maharashtra and Gujarat by the members of the gang.

2 Charged in ISIS module case

On 27-01-2017, the NIA filed a charge-sheet in case no. RC-02/2016/NIA/KOC (ISIS Kasaragod module case) against two accused,
for commission of offences under sections 120B read with 125 of the Indian Penal Code besides sections 38, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, before the Special Court for NIA Cases (SPE/ CBI-I), Ernakulam.

The charged accused are:
a) Abdul Rashid Abdulla @ Rashi (A-1), aged 30/ 2016, son of Thayyalpurali Abdullah, originally resident of Al Noor, Opposite Juma Masjid, Udumbunthala P.O., Chandera Police Station, Kasaragod district, Kerala.
b) Yasmeen Mohammad Zahid, daughter of Mohammed Zahid, aged 29/ 2016, resident of Q-13/A, Ground Floor, Batla House, Okhala Jamia Nagar, South Delhi, New Delhi-110024, and originally resident of Muraul Village, Bajpatti Police Station, Sitamarhi district, Bihar.

The case relates to the criminal conspiracy hatched within and outside India by certain youths, originally hailing from Kasaragod district of Kerala, with the intention of furthering the objectives of the proscribed terrorist organization, ISIS, and their pursuant exit from India along with their families for joining and supporting the organization. The case, originally registered as FIR 534/ 2016 of Chandera Police Station, Kasaragod District, Kerala, under section 57 of Kerala Police Act besides sections 38 and 39 of the UA (P) Act, 1967, was reregistered at NIA Police Station, Kochi on 24.08.2016.

Investigation by the NIA has established that the accused Abdul Rashid (A-1), was the main conspirator behind the offence of motivating a no. of youths, hailing from Kasaragod district to exit India along with their families, to join the Islamic State. He had conducted classes at Kasaragod and other places in support of the terrorist organization and its ideology of violent jihad. He motivated another set of 14 co-conspirators, including another arrested accused Yasmeen Mohammed Zahid (A-2), to join the proscribed organization and plan for Hijrah to the Caliphate announced by the ISIS. The investigation has revealed that the conspiracy had been in operation since the month of July, 2015.

The accused Yasmeen Mohammed Zahid (A-2) was intercepted at the New Delhi International Airport on the 30th July, 2016 while she was trying to exit India for Kabul, Afghanistan, alongwith her minor child, with the intention of joining her co-conspirator Abdul Rashid, in the territory under the control of ISIS in Afghanistan. Investigation has established that Abdul Rasheed had raised funds for the terrorist organization and transferred such funds to Yasmeen, who utilized it for her activities with the intention of supporting the terrorist organization.

Efforts are on to locate and apprehend the absconding accused including the charge-sheeted accused A-1, in this case, who have joined the ISIS.

3 charge sheeted for extortions and unlawful tax collection

On 25.01.2017 the National Investigation Agency, Guwahati has filed a Charge Sheet before the Ld. Special NIA Court, Nagaland, at Dimapur in Crime No. RC-01/2016/NIA/GUW, arising out of Suburban PS Case No. 90/16 dated 01.08.2016 against 3 accused persons of NSCN (K). They are:

(1) S. KhetosheSumi @ SaheviKhetosheSumi @ S.K. Assumi @ H.K. Assumi @ Ikhemu (A-1), SS Finance In-charge of NSCN(K) of Kohima and Dimapur area, u/s 120 B & 384 of IPC r/w sections 25 (1A) and section 25 (1B) of the Arms Act, sections 17, 20, 38 & 40 of the UA (P) Act, 1967 as amended,
(2) VictoSwu @V.K.Sumi @ @V.K.Sumi Z.VictoSwu @ V.Assumi @Akuto (A-2), u/s 120 B & 384 of IPC, r/w sections 17, 20, 38 & 40 of the UA (P) Act 1967, as amended, and

(3) IsacSumi @ IsakSumi @ IsacSema @ IsakSumi, SS Brig.cum Finance Administrator (Absconder), u/s 120 B & 384 of IPC r/w sections 17, 20, 38 & 40 of the UA (P) Act 1967, as amended.

The case was registered on the charges of large scale extortions and unlawful tax collections. The investigation, done so far has established that extortion of several crores of rupees has been done on behalf of the banned organization NSCN (K) from various Government organizations and others by the cadres of NSCN (K) in Dimapur and Kohima areas, during the period of years 2012 to 2016. The extortion racket was being run under the directions of self-styled Brigadier IsacSumi (A-3) of NSCN (K) and their other senior leaders.

Of the 3 charge-sheeted accused persons, A-1 is presently lodged in the Central Jail Dimapur, A-2 is on bail and A-3 is absconding.

Further investigation u/s 173 (8) Cr.P.C. in the case will continue.


One FICN trafficker arrested in Malda, West Bengal for involvement in FICN smuggling in Kerela

On 24-01-2017, at around 1930 Hrs, an NIA team led by the Chief Investigation Officer of the NIA case no. RC-06/2013/NIA/KOC (Manjeri FICN Case), arrested an absconding accused Mohammed Ashraful (A-8), S/o Abdul Haleem, Kobaiyagram, Milangarh, Harishchandrapur, Malda district, West Bengal, on the strength of a non-bailable warrant of arrest, issued against him, by the Special Court for NIA Cases (SPE/ CBI-I), Ernakulam.

The case was originally registered as FIR 1288/ 2012 under sections 489B and 489C of Indian Penal Code on 17-09-2012, at Manjeri Police Station, Malappuram district, Kerala and it pertains to the seizure of high quality FICN with face value of rupees 67,000/- from migrant labourers hailing from West Bengal. Six accused persons were arrested initially and FICN was recovered from each of them, while three persons including the absconder, Mohammed Ashraful (A-8) had managed to escape from the scene.

NIA has filed Charge-sheet against the six arrested accused persons under sections 489B and 489C of the Indian Penal Code, before the Special Court for NIA Cases (SPE/ CBI-I), Ernakulam on 19-06-2015 and trial of the charge-sheeted accused has commenced on 03-01-2017.

The arrested accused was produced before the NIA Special Court at Kolkata today, and the Court has granted him in transit remand for 5 days for producing him before the NIA Special Court at Kochi on 30 January, 2017.


One FICN racketeer arrested from Surat 

The NIA team has arrested one accused, namely, Sureshbhai Maujibhai Lathidadia, 43 yrs, resident of House No. 58, Ramdev Society, Punagam, Surat, Gujarat, from Surat on 23.01.2017, in connection with the NIA case no. RC-09/2015/NIA/DLI (FICN-MURSHIDABAD case).

The arrested accused, Sureshbhai Maujibhai Lathidadia, used to collect FICN in bulk from the coaccused, Rameshwar Sahu, Ashok Kumar Gupta @ Badapao, Uttam Kumar Sinha, Purushottam Kumar Kesari, etc., from Surat, Gujrat and Dhanbad, Jharkhand, during 2014-15, and used to circulate the same in Surat and nearby districts of Gujrat. Further, after circulating the FICN, he used to hand over the sale proceeds from the FICN’s to co-accused persons either directly or through bank accounts after deducting his commission. Eight accused persons have earlier been arrested in this case.

The arrested accused, Sureshbhai Maujibhai Lathidadia, was produced before the Additional Civil Judge and J.M.F.C, Surat , today and 04 days transit remand was granted for producing him before the NIA special court, Kolkata.


One arrested in Guwahati

The National Investigation Agency, Branch Office Guwahati has arrested Gagan Hazarika @ Joydeep Cheleng Sh. Hema Hazarika, r/o Vill.- Purani Jaboka, Police Station- Sonari, District- Charaideo, Assam, a senior trained cadre of ULFA (I), a proscribed terrorist organization on 18.01.2017 in connection with RC-04/2013/NIA-GUW. The arrested ULFA (I) cadre had joined ULFA (I) in 2008 and acquired the rank of SS 2nd Lieutenant in ULFA

Accused Gagan Hazarika @ Joydeep Cheleng has been arrested when he was produced before the Special NIA Court, Guwahati from the District Jail Sivasagar, District- Sivasagar, Assam on Production Warrant and taken into Police Custody for 06 days. Accused Gagan Hazarika @ Joydeep Cheleng will be produced in the Special NIA Court Guwahati on 24.01.2017.

His arrest is likely to throw light on the activities of senior leadership of the ULFA including Chairman Mukul Hazarika and C-in-C Paresh Barua since he was closely associated with them during their visit /stay at camps of ULFA located in Myanmar.


One arrested in Hyderabad in ISIS module case

In Case no. RC-01/2016/NIA/HYD (Hyderabad ISIS Conspiracy case) one more accused namely Mohammed Irfan @ Abu Jaffer @ Iffu S/o Late
Mohammed Yousuf, resident of H. No. 22-3-620, Zaheera nagar, Mir Alam Mandi, Hyderabad, has been arrested on 17.01.2017 at Hyderabad.

Accused, Mohammed Irfan was arrested for his role in the ISIS terror conspiracy module, exposed in the searches in Hyderabad City on 29 June,
2016. The investigation has revealed that Mohd Irfan along with the other accused took part in searching of hideouts, for their physical training. He had specifically searched for safe house in the outskirts of Hyderabad along with another accused Muzaffer Hussain Rizwan. On the instructions of accused Mohammed Ibrahim Yazdani (since chargesheeted in the case), Mohammed Irfan collected the explosive precursors along with Mohammed Ilyas Yazdani, from the outskirts of Pochampally village of Nalgonda district. He also went to Ananthapur town to collect explosive material in pursuance of the conspiracy.

Investigation has revealed that Mohd. Irfan also took an Oath of Allegiance in favour of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed Caliph of the ISIS, in the presence of accused Mohammed Ibrahim Yazdani and Muzaffer Hussain Rizwan and he was given a Kuniya name, Abu Jafar by Mohammed Ibrahim Yazdani.

The accused Mohammed Irfan was produced before the NIA Special Court,Hyderabad on 17.01.2017 which has remanded him to Judicial Custody for seven days.


Charges framed against Sayyed Zabiuddin Ansari @ Abu Jundal in 2012 LeT Conspiracy case

The NIA case no. RC-04/2012/NIA/DLI was registered on 08.06.2012 under section 18 of UA (P) Act against Sayyed Zabiuddin Ansari @ Abu Jundal and his associates, members of the LeT, a proscribed terrorist organisation, for conspiring to organize terrorist activities in various parts of India. For the said purpose, Abu Jundal, was alleged to be making efforts to recruit Muslim youths for Jihad.

After 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai, Abu Jundal with senior functionaries of LeT had hatched the conspiracy in Pakistan in 2010 to recruit youngsters from India for terrorist activities and to promote enmity between different groups on the ground of religion. In pursuance of the above conspiracy, he had opened Facebook accounts in assumed names to hide his real identity as well as to avoid being detected by the Indian Law Enforcement Agencies as he was already declared a Proclaimed Offender in Aurangabad Arms Haul case. He started posting inflammatory posts in various Facebook accounts, with the intention to arouse the feelings of ‘hatred against non-muslims’ in the mind of Muslim youths.

Investigation by NIA has established that Abu Jundal had tried to approach various Muslim youths in India as well as outside India, with the intention to recruit them into LeT. While in Saudi Arabia, he also sent approx. Rs. 45,000 in December, 2010 to the brother of one of the accused persons of Aurangabad Arms Haul case, in order to influence him that LeT provides monetary support to needy Muslim youths.

After completion of the investigation, the NIA had filed a Charge-sheet under section 153 (A)(1) of IPC r/w sections 18, 18B, 20, 38 & 40(2) of UA(P) Act, against arrested accused Sayyed Zabiuddin Ansari @ Abu Jundal, on 04/04/2013.

On 10.01.2017, the District & Sessions Judge cum Special NIA Judge, Patiala House Court, New Delhi, framed criminal charges against the arrested accused Sayyed Zabiuddin Ansari @ Abu Jundal for commission of offences under section 153 A (1) of IPC r/w sections 18, 18B, 20, 38 & 40(2) of UA (P) Act, for having conspired as a member of Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT), to carry out terrorist acts in India.
One FICN smuggler from Malda in West Bengal arrested by NIA at Indo- Bangladesh Border

The investigators of NIA arrested one Ripon Sk, an accused person in connection with NIA Case No. RC-06/2016/NIA/DLI from Daulatpur village, near Indo-Bangladesh international border, on 06.01.2017 at around 1930 hrs. Ripon had been earlier charge-sheeted in this case on 15.07.16

The arrested accused Ripon Sk, aged around 23 years, s/o Nurul Sk @ Nurul Islam of Bapchhera area of Deonapur village, under Baishnabnagar PS, district Malda, was involved in the conspiracy for procurement and supply of the consignment of high quality Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs) having face value of Rs. 8 lacs to another Bangladeshi national namely Md. Anarul Islam, who was arrested just after receiving the said consignment from said Ripon Sk at Kaliachak Bazar, under Kaliachak PS, Malda on 18.01.2016. Ripon Sk had been absconding since then.

The arrested accused Ripon Sk was produced before the NIA Special Court on 07.01.2017 and the Court has granted him in police remand to NIA, for a period of 10 days.


LeT terrorist from Pakistan charge-sheeted for involvement in a terrorist conspiracy

The NIA filed a charge sheet in NIA case no. RC- 11/2016/NIA/DLI at the NIA Special Court at Patiala House, New Delhi on 6/1/2017 against Bahadur Ali@ Saifulla Mansoor, resident of Village Jia Bagga, Tehsil-Raiwind, District Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan under section- 120(B) of IPC read with sections-17, 18, 20 and 38 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, section 121-A and 489(C) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, section- 9B of the Explosives Act, 1884, section- 4 of the Explosives Substances Act, 1908, section- 7/25 & 10/25 of the Arms Act, 1959, section-14 of the Foreigners Act, 1946, section 6(1A) of the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933.

This case relates to a conspiracy hatched by the Lashkar-e- Taiba (LeT), a proscribed terrorist organization, based in Pakistan, to commit terror attacks in India. Investigation conducted by the NIA revealed that the LeT has set up a well-organized machinery for the recruitment of vulnerable young men from different provinces of Pakistan, as part of a conspiracy to wage war against the Government of India by the commission of terrorist acts in various parts of India. Once recruited, these impressionable young men are put through various training regimes with the twin objectives of radicalizing their worldview and providing them with ‘military’ skills. Subsequent to their training, these trained cadres of LeT are illegally pushed into Indian territory where they commit terrorist acts with the help of network of their supporters and facilitators.

As a part of the conspiracy of LeT, the accused Bahadur Ali @ Saifullah Mansoor along with his two associates Abu Saad and Abu Darda, all trained terrorists of the Pakistan based LeT, illegally infiltrated into Indian territory (J&K) by crossing the LoC. At the time of crossing into Indian territory,

on or around the intervening night of 12.06.2016 & 13.06.2016, these terrorists were equipped with Arms and ammunition, navigation equipment, combat material and other articles. These terrorists entered into Indian Territory with an intention to carry out terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and at different places of the country including Delhi, as per instructions given to them by their handlers of the LeT based in Pakistan/ POK.

After crossing the LoC fence, the three terrorists, Bahadur Ali (A-1), Abu Saad and Abu Darda, walked for about seven days following the Grid References with the aid of the GPS devices, that had been provided to them by Abu Haider at the Mandakuli ‘launching pad’. The infiltrating terrorists had been provided with eight Grid References, the eighth denoting their final destination. At about noon, on or around 20.06.2016, the infiltrating terrorists reached a hilltop near village Wadar, Handwara (J&K), which was the sixth of the eight Grid References. At Wadar, Abu Saad had sent a message to one of his handlers, ‘Walid Bhai’ by pairing his mobile phone with his wireless set, a communication technique especially designed by the LeT to avoid interception. On or around 22.06.2016, Abu Darda and Abu Saad went to the village Wadar for arranging food, leaving Bahadur Ali on a nearby hill. After a short while Bahadur Ali heard the sound of gunfire. On hearing the gunfire, Bahadur Ali was confused and he rushed towards a nearby hilltop as a precautionary measure and waited for the return of Abu Darda and Abu Saad. However, Abu Darda and Abu Saad did not return. The following morning, Bahadur Ali contacted Alfa-3, the LeT control station based in PoK, through his wireless set and apprised the receiver of LeT about his situation. Alfa-3 directed Bahadur Ali to continue his journey and reach the final destination at the eighth Grid Reference.

It was found during investigation that after getting directions from Alfa-3, Bahadur Ali reached the location of the 8th Grid Reference. This point was located on a hill near village Mukam, Yahama. After reaching this point, Bahadur Ali contacted Alfa-3 who provided him with an additional Grid Reference, where he was told to contact a local person who would provide him food and other support.

At the Grid Reference provided by Alfa-3, Bahadur Ali met one local person and two others later. After confirming each other’s identities, the local person provided food to Bahadur Ali. Thereafter, Bahadur Ali met these local persons regularly in a forested area near village Yahama and they provided him food and other miscellaneous items as per the latter’s requirement. During this period, Alfa-3 communicated to Bahadur Ali that the LeT cadres had been successful in fuelling large-scale agitation in Kashmir after EID subsequent to the death of Burhan Wani in Kashmir. He instructed Bahadur Ali to mix with the protestors and throw grenades at the security forces in order to further fuel the agitation in the Kashmir valley.

On 24.07.2016, Alfa-3 gave a direction to Bahadur Ali to receive a group of freshly infiltrated terrorists of the LeT. Alfa-3 provided a Grid Reference, where Bahadur Ali was to receive the group of terrorists. However, before he could receive these terrorists, Bahadur Ali was apprehended by the security forces on 25.07.2016, from near the Government School, village Yahama. At the time of his apprehension, one compass, one ICOM wireless set, one matrix sheet bearing codes, two unicode sheets (handwritten pocket diary pages), bearing text written in coded form, Indian currency of value Rs. 23,000 (of which 3 notes were found to be fake currency), one GPS set and one map sheet were recovered from his possession.

After he was taken into custody by the J&K Police, Bahadur Ali revealed the details of the terrorist group which he was to receive on the instructions of Alfa-3. Based on this information, the J&K Police and the Army launched a search operation in the area of Bandi Monabal on 26.07.2016. During the course of the search operation, unknown terrorists started indiscriminate firing on the security forces. In retaliatory action, four unknown terrorists were killed and a huge quantity of arms, ammunitions, explosives, wireless sets and other incriminating articles were recovered and seized from the possession of the killed terrorists.

After his arrest, Bahadur Ali disclosed that he had concealed arms, ammunition and other articles near a big tree in the forest near village Yahama. On his disclosure and identification of the spot, several articles were recovered and seized. These are:

(1) One Rifle AK-47
(2) Five AK-47 magazines loaded with ammunition (30 rounds each, total 150 rounds)
(3) One UBGL
(4) Five live UBGL shells
(5) Two live hand grenades (Chinese)
(6) One ICOM Wireless Set,
(7) One magazine pouch
(8) One black coloured bag containing medicines and other items of daily use, several of these items have the label ‘Made in Pakistan’

During investigation it was found that prior to their infiltration, Bahadur Ali and his associates, Abu Saad and Abu Darda were provided codes in the form of nine alphabets, which were to be used to record numerals such as Grid References, phone numbers etc. Further, analysis, based on the disclosure of Bahadur Ali regarding the codes, has established the route taken by Bahadur Ali and his associates after they had crossed the LoC, while infiltrating into Indian territory. When plotted on a map, the deciphered Grid References clearly trace the infiltration route from the
direction of the LoC towards Handwara.

Investigation has also established that Bahadur Ali was also provided a map sheet depicting parts of PoK and J&K. He was provided with the Grid References that had been recovered from his possession. Bahadur Ali plotted these Grid References on the map sheet. Further, it has been affirmed by the Surveyor General of India, Dehradun that Bahadur Ali, had indeed plotted the Grid References correctly. This clearly establishes that Bahadur Ali is well conversant with the use of the map sheet and that he has received training in the subject.

A GPS device was recovered from the possession of Bahadur Ali at the time of his arrest. The data retrieved from GPS device contained the coordinates of the Mandakuli ‘launching pad’ of the LeT.

The pocket diary recovered from Bahadur Ali (A-1), among other things, contains the name of several towns in J&K, viz. Rafiabad, Kunzar, Tangmarg, Budgam, Poonch, Jammu, Udhampur etc., besides Delhi. Given the fact that Bahadur Ali is a trained cadre of the LeT, the inclusion of the names of these towns/ cities in the diary indicates that Bahadur Ali (A-1) was tasked to carry out terror attacks at several places, including Delhi.

Evidence in the form of recovery of arms and ammunition and other articles on the disclosure of Bahadur Ali under section 27 of the Indian Evidence Act, decryption of the Grid References, plotting of these on the Google map and on the topographic sheets, expert opinion of the GEQD and the statements of witnesses clearly establish the offences of waging war against the State, membership of a terrorist group (LeT), conspiracy to commit terrorist act, possession of prohibited fire arms and explosives and possession of fake Indian currency against the accused Bahadur Ali.

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