NIA filed charges against all the accused in Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar’s court claiming that “all the accused were planning to establish an ISIS caliphate in the country”
Abdul Bari Masoud | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI — Reacting on the charge sheet filed by the National Investigation Agency or NIA against ten suspects arrested in a case involving a “terror module” in Delhi, Hapur and Amroha (Uttar Pradesh) in December last, noted community leaders and activists on Saturday said only a fool can think of establishing caliphate in India. They dismissed the charges as another “cooked up story by the security agencies” as they have done earlier.
On Friday, the NIA filed charges against all the accused in Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar’s court claiming that “all the accused were planning to establish an ISIS caliphate in the country after planning large-scale attacks in and around the National Capital Region.” The court listed the matter for consideration on July 4.
“They had named this module ”Harkat-ul-Harb-E-Islam” (Movement for War of Islam). This group owed its allegiance to ISIS and wanted to establish an ISIS Caliphate in India by resorting to large scale terrorist attacks in and around National Capital Region. The group carried out reconnaissance of some such locations in and around NCR,” the agency told the court.
All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, the umbrella body of leading Muslim organisations, dismissed the charge sheet as yet another “fabricated story” to tarnish the image of the Muslim community in the eyes of Hindu brethren.
Speaking to Caravan Daily, Mushawarat president Navaid Hamid said: “It is another fictional story meant to soil the image of the community and lives of these innocent persons.”
Commenting on the agency’s charges, he said only a foolish person can think of founding caliphate in India or anywhere else.
“It is a cooked up story, a fool only can think of establishing caliphate in India. The past instances showed that there were people in security agencies who fabricated and framed trumpeted terror charges against innocent young persons from the community but they were acquitted by the higher courts of the land.”
Expressing his displeasure over the charges framed by the agency against the accused, he said it is sad that “such cases not only ruin the lives of innocent persons but also create misgivings about the community in the minds of our Hindu brethren”.
He also lambasted the culture of impunity saying those officers, who frame innocents in false terror cases just for the sake of accolades and medals, should be made accountable. The past experience has repeatedly shown that almost all accused were released by courts finding no evidence against them, he added.
Concurring with his views, noted activist Nadim Khan, who is attached to civil rights group, United Against Hate, said the agency’s claims against all the accused are false and baseless. He rubbished the NIA charges saying that “koi sutli bomb aur chotey chaquon sey khilafat qaim nahi karsakta” (Caliphate cannot be established by making (Sutli) twine bombs and kitchen knives), this is all outlandish.
He argued that in the past all such charges did not stand in the court of law and however, scores of innocents lives were ruined due to security agencies’ false flag and irresponsible attitude.
“It is a fact that 95 per cent terror cases fabricated by security agencies have fallen flat in courts and accused got acquittal honorably but after spending their prime part of life in jails,” he noted.
Reacting to the NIA charges against 10 suspects, A C Michael, former member of Delhi State Minorities Commission said: “If the NIA reports are to be believed it is something to be worried about. Moreover, as some of our country’s political leaders are creating divide among the people on the lines of religion, these are bound to happen as the enemies of our country would like to take advantage of it.”
“We are in urgent need of a leader of Sardar Patel stature who had the guts to tell RSS leadership to behave and to keep them away from politics. They claim to be a social organisation but they are today running the country,” Michael added.
The agency named Mohd Suhail (30), a mufti in a seminary in Amroha, Anas Younus (21), Zubair Malik (22), Rashid Zafar Raq (24), Saqib (26), Absar (24), Said (29), Gufran (25), Faiz (25) and Naim (22) — hailed from Jafarabad in Delhi and Amroha, Hapur and Meerut in Uttar Pradesh as accused in the case who were arrested some six months back.
The agency also filed over 5,000 pages of charge sheet under sections of 120-B (Criminal conspiracy), 121 (Waging war against Government of India), 121A (Punishment for offence under 121 IPC), 122 (Collecting arms with intention of waging war against government of India) of IPC and under various sections of stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Explosives Substances Act and Arms Act.
However, one of the accused’s relatives said they still had not received the copy of the charge sheet and even the FIR copy. Dismissing all the charges, he told Caravan Daily that they would react after seeing the charge sheet. The relative did not want to disclose his identity expressing the hope that all 10 youths would be acquitted soon as they are all innocent’.
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind led by Maulana Mahmood Madani has been providing legal help to the accused, most of them belonging to poor families.