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Jihadist outfit ‘Shahadat is our Goal’ was planning violent attacks, says NIA in chargesheet

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a chargesheet against 10 terrorists associted with jihadist group named ‘Shahadat is our Goal’ on Saturday in a Chennai court.

“The probe establishes that accused were radicalised by violent Jihadi ideology. Prime accused Sheik Dawood and Mohamed Rifas had attempted to carry out terror acts by procuring illegal firearms,” news agency ANI quoted NIA officials as saying.

Besides Dawood and Rifas, other accused in the case have been identified as Muparish Ahamed, Abubakar Siddiq, Ahamed Imithiyas, Mohamed Rashid, Hameed Asfar, Liyakath Ali, Sajith Ahamed, and Rizwan Mohammed.

The case was originally registered as FIR 46/2018 dated April 2018, under sections 153A and 120B of Indian Penal Code and sections 15(c), 17, 18, 19 and 20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 and sections 25(1)(a) of Arms Act, 1959 at Keelakarai Police Station in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu. It was the arrest of Mohamed Rifas, Muparish Ahamed and Abupakkar Sithik from Keelakarai that led authorities to uncover this terror network.

The probe agency has also seized lethal weapons including swords along with pamphlets pertaining to the terrorist group ‘Shahadat is our Goal’.

The prime accused – Sheik Dawood and Mohamed Rifas – had conspired with co-accused and organised meetings at various places in Tamil Nadu, since Ramadan, 2017, with the intention of radicalising and recruiting the co-accused and others for shahadat (getting themselves killed) to establish Islamic rule in India, claimed NIA.

The accused had created various social media groups, especially on WhatsApp and were disseminating materials advocating violent jihad, including videos and speeches of Sri Lankan ISIS/Daish leader Zahran Hashim.

Accused persons had also prepared pamphlets titled “Shahadat is our Goal” calling for violent jihad to liberate their associates lodged in prisons. In furtherance of the conspiracy, accused Sheik Dawood and Mohammed Rifas had also attempted to carry out terrorist acts by procuring illegal firearms in order to liberate their associates lodged in prisons, said the NIA.

Further investigation into the case is underway.

(With inputs from ANI)

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