The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday conducted searches at multiple locations in Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in connection with its ongoing probe into the Phulwari Sharif terror module case linked to the Popular Front of India (PFI) conspiracy.
The anti-terror agency conducted searches at 20 locations linked with the accused and suspects in the nine districts of Bihar, including Nalanda, Katihar, Arariya, Madhubani, Patna, Vaishali, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Saran.
Searches were also conducted in Shiv Ganga district in Tamil Nadu and South Kannada district in Karnataka in the case pertaining to the involvement of PFI in anti-national activities.
During searches conducted at the premises of the accused and suspects, the NIA said, incriminating materials, including digital devices and documents, have been seized.
"Further investigations in the case are in progress." The NIA has registered two separate First Information Reports in the Phulwari Sharif terror module case, one mentioning about a plan of miscreants to disturb the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bihar by some suspected persons.
Both the FIRs were registered on July 22-- first mentions a plan to disturb the PM's visit by some suspected persons who had assembled in the Phulwari Sharif area on July 11 while the other is linked to the interception of one Margub Ahmad Danish alias Tahir by Bihar Police on July 14 for his alleged involvement in anti-India activities and radicalization of impressionable youth using various social media platforms.
During the proposed visit of the Prime Minister to Bihar, some suspected had assembled in Phulwari Sharif area on July 11, 2022, mentioned the first FIR.
The FIR also stated that a raid was carried out on secret information resulting in the interception of two persons Athar Parvej and Mohd Jalauddin from Patna, and the seizure of several incriminating articles as well as documents related to "anti-India activities".
The FIR, which named 26 suspects, also says that an initial case was registered on July 12 by Bihar Police at Phulwari Sharif police station.
The NIA took over and re-registered the case based on an order issued by the Counter Terrorism and Counter Radicalization Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs taking cognisance of the gravity of the offence and its national security ramifications.
The second FIR is based on the interception of Margub Ahmad Danish alias Tahir, a residence of Munir Colony in Phulwari Sharif, on July 14.
Tahir, as per the FIR, was allegedly involved in "anti-India activities and radicalization of impressionable youth using various social media platforms".
During the interrogation of Margub Ahmad Danish, the FIR said, it was revealed that he was admin to two WhatsApp groups named "Ghazwa-e-Hind" and also a group on BIP chat having the same name as "Ghazwa-e-Hind" and that, he is involved in radicalisation of impressionable youth in India.