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Chargesheet filed against IM terrorists

Chargesheet filed against IM terrorists

Author: Timesofindia.com
Publication: The Times of India
Date: February 17, 2009

All 21 alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists have been chargesheeted for hatching the conspiracy to set off blasts in various cities including Delhi, Bangalore and Surat.

The chargesheet has been filed in the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court against all 21 accused.

According to Times Now, one of the accused and Pune-based software engineer Mohd Mansoor Peerbhoy who had filed a plea in the court seeking to turn approver in the case has withdrawn his application. He is the alleged head of the media wing of the Indian Mujhadeen.

PTI reports says that the terror group is said to have carried out blasts across the country since 2006 including the 2008 serial blasts in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bangalore and Surat.

Apart from the stringent provisions of MCOCA, the 21 accused will also be charged under Indian Penal Code, Arms Act, Explosives Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Information Technology Act.

The Mumbai Crime Branch had last year arrested five main accused who hailed from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and settled in Mumbai, PTI reported.

Investigations revealed that the 'media cell' of the group, headed by a software engineer, had sent out e-mails to media houses minutes before Ahmedabad and Delhi blasts by hacking into unsecured wireless internet accounts.

The IP addresses from which the e-mails were sent were traced back to a college in suburban Matunga and an office in suburban Chembur. The vehicles used in the serial blasts in Ahmedabad were traced back to Navi Mumbai.

The Mumbai police had also seized explosives from the residence of arrested accused Mohammad Sadiq Shaikh who reportedly founded the terror outfit along with Atif who was killed in an encounter in Delhi last year.

The explosives include 10 kg of gelatin/ammonium nitrate, 15 detonators, eight kg of ball bearings, four live electric circuits, one sub-machine carbine, two .38 revolvers, 30 live cartridges of 9 mm carbine and eight live cartridges for.38 revolvers.

Riyaz Bhatkal, the mastermind and founder member of IM, and his brother Iqbal Bhatkal are still wanted by Mumbai police.

The 21 arrested accused are Azal Mutalib Usmani, Mohd Sadik Shaikh, Mohd Arif Shaikh, Mohd Zakir Shaikh, Ansar Ahmed Shaikh, Asif Bashir Shaikh, Mohd Mansoor Peerbhoy, Mubin Kadar Shaikh, Mohd Atique Iqbal, Dastagir Phiroz Mujawar, Mohd Akbar Chaudhary, Anique Shafique Sayed, Majid Akthar Shaikh, Yasir Anis Syed, Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash, Fazal-e-Rehman Durani, Ahmed Bawa Abubakar, Moh Ali Ahmed, Javed Ali and Syed Noushad, Asgar Ali.

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