The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday (26 November) conducted multi-state raids, leading to the seizure of incriminating documents and digital devices, in the Pakistan-backed Gazwa-e-Hind module case.
The raids also revealed links of the suspects, whose premises were searched today, with Pakistan-based handlers, the NIA said.
These suspects were in contact with the handlers, and were involved in propagating the radical, anti-India idea of Gazwa-e-Hind, it added.
"The raids were conducted at the premises of suspects in Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh, Gir Somnath district of Gujarat, Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh and Kozhikode district of Kerala," the NIA said in a statement.
Apart from mobile phones and SIM cards, several documents were also seized during the NIA crackdown, as part of the ongoing investigations in the case.
The Ghazwa-e-Hind terror module case is an ongoing NIA investigation into an alleged terror module operating in Bihar having links to Pakistan-based terrorist organisations, with an ulterior objective of raising sleeper cells for carrying out terrorist activities across the nation.
"The case was initially registered 14 July 2022 by Phulwarisharif police in Patna district of Bihar, following the arrest of one Marghoob Ahmad Danish alias Tahir," the NIA said.
Marghoob was the admin of WhatsApp Group 'Ghazwa-e-Hind', created by a Pakistani national identified as Zain, it added.
"The accused, Marghoob, had added many persons from India as well as other countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Yemen, to the group, which was also active on other social media platforms such as Telegram and BIP Messenger," it said.
Aimed at radicalizing impressionable youth in the name of the establishment of Ghazwa-e-Hind over the territory of India, the group was being operated by Pakistan-based suspects, according to NIA investigations.
As per the investigations, Marghoob was trying to motivate the group members with an ulterior objective of raising Sleeper Cells for carrying out terrorist activities across India.
Further, the accused had created another WhatsApp group in the name of 'BDGhazwa E HindBD', to which he had added Bangladeshi nationals.
The NIA has been probing the case since 22 July 2022, when it took over the investigations.
The anti-terror agency had filed a chargesheet against accused Marghoob Ahmad Danish on 6 January 2023 under sections 121, 121A, 122 of IPC and sections 13, 18, 18B & 20 of UA(P) Act, 1967.
"Investigations in the case are continuing," the anti-terror probe agency said.
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