ATS takes three alleged JeM militants on 12-day remand

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ATS takes three alleged JeM militants on 12-day remand

Thursday, 18 August 2022 | PNS | Lucknow

Sleuths of the Anti-Terrorists Squad (ATS) on Wednesday took police custody of three arrested terror suspects -- Sabauddin, Nadim and Habibul -- for further questioning.

Special Court Judge Anurodh Mishra, granted permission to Uttar Pradesh ATS to take custody of the three terror suspects Sabauddin, Nadim and Habibul for 12 days beginning from August 17 to 29. The UP ATS had pleaded before the Special Court for the remand of the three accused for questioning.

During the investigation, it has been found that the three suspects have links with proscribed terrorist organisations such as Jaish-e-Mohammed, ISIS and others operating from Pakistan and Afghanistan. These terrorists were working towards achieving the goal of making India an Islamic state, sources said.

Earlier, Nadim was quizzed by the Saharanpur unit of the ATS. During this questioning, it came to light that Nadim was in contact with terrorist outfits operating from Pakistan and Afghanistan through social media. Nadim also procured information about bomb making technique with the help of social media from these terrorist organisations operating from Pakistan and Afghanistan soil.

Thereafter, Nadim was taken into custody on August 12, and on the basis of his confessional statement, his cohort Saifullah was arrested. The UP ATS also prayed before the special court that to ascertain with whom the accused were in contact, the police remand of the suspects would be required. Besides, the arrested persons' mobile phones and transcripts and data needed verification and scanning so as to establish their network of crime, the police sources said.

Meanwhile, sources said that the three arrested militants were preparing a background of `Ghazwa-e-Hind’ in the country and its fabric was being woven in UP.  Habibul, a 19-year-old terrorist arrested from Kanpur, was the group’s strong link and sources said that he was nursing the dream of Ghazwa-e-Hind. On the orders of his masters sitting in Pakistan, he was preparing Muslim youths of the country to wage a war against India. Habibul is a prominent social media expert of terrorist organisations which not only create social media accounts and virtual IDs for terrorists, but also make jihadi videos and videos related to Ghazwa-e-Hind and send them to the youth.  The ATS will try to extract these details from him during the 12-day remand.

Sources said that during questioning so far by the ATS, Habibul said, “Jihad leads to heaven. If there is any religion, it is only Islam. I am a true Muslim. I am doing what Deen has said.”

When the ATS asked him why he was supporting radical groups, Habibul replied that in Islam, everyone's purpose was the same, Ghazwa-e-Hind. Not only this, he was using the word ‘kafir’ for Hindus only.

Sources also said that Habibul was also tasked to use social media as a strong weapon of terrorist organisations. He was working as a social media expert for the terrorists sitting in Pakistan who were dreaming of the rule of Islam in India. Habibul used to create social media accounts of terrorists and post jihadi videos related to Ghazwa-e-Hind. 

According to UP ATS sources, Habibul was associated in many such ‘Telegram’ groups from where he was getting orders for jihad to fulfill the dream of Ghazwa-e-Hind.

Among them 'Rah-e-Hidayat' and 'Gurba' groups are prominent and many terrorists associated with Pakistan and Taliban are present in these groups. These groups send literature and documents to incite the youths to take up war against India. Not only this, books printed in Pakistan are also sent to this group. In this literature, the Ghazwa-e-Hind is described in detail. All these books have been received by ATS from Habibul.

Habibul was driven to terrorism due to the jihadi ideology he imbibed in the madrasas of Gujarat and Pratapgarh. After this he came to Fatehpur and started instigating his friends and relatives to wage a war against India. Pakistan used to ask for the help of the people living in Afghanistan, Bangladesh. He used to incite jihad by showing videos of cruelty to Muslims. Seeing his jihadi ideology, Jaish-e-Muhammad had made Habibul the strongest link for the mission of Ghazwa-e-Hind.

Sources also maintained that several WhatsApp groups were found in the mobile phone of Marguv Ahmed Danish alias Tahir, arrested in the NIA (National Investigation Agency) raid in Phulwarisharif, Bihar. There was a chat about Ghazwa-e-Hind and also some videos of jihad. In these videos, there was an appeal to Muslims in India to do jihad. Not only this, the complete action plan for the rule of Islam in India by 2047 was recovered from some other accused.

According to sources in the UP ATS, many of the videos in the groups of arrested people working in the Ghazwa-e-Hind mission in Phulwarisharif were made by Habibul. He prepared them and made them viral at the behest of terrorist masters.

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