NEW DELHI: Even after six months of cracking a highly radicalized terror module of al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) with arrest of five members, the anti-terror unit of Delhi Police – Special Cell – has unable to trace 12 more suspected members of the terror outfit.
Delhi Police in charge sheet filed in the case against the arrested members and the terror outfit on Friday stated that 12 of them are absconding, for allegedly conspiring, recruiting Indian youths and establishing a base of terror outfit AQIS.
In the charge sheet filed before Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh, Special Cell of Delhi Police charged the five arrested accused -- Mohd Asif, Zafar Masood, Mohd Abdul Rehman, Syed Anzar Shah and Abdul Sami -- for alleged offences under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The accused were arrested between December 2015 and January 2016 from different parts of the country.
They have been chargesheeted for alleged offences under sections 18 (punishment for conspiracy), 18-B (punishment for recruiting of any person or persons for terrorist act) and 20 (Punishment for being member of terrorist gang or organisation) of the UAPA.
The agency also charged 12 others who are at large and the court had earlier issued non-bailable warrant against them. The absconding accused have been identified as Syed Akhtar, Sanaul Haq, Mohd Sharjeel Akhtar, Usman, Mohd Rehan, Abu Sufiyan, Syed Mohd Arshiyan, Syed Mohd Zishan Ali, Sabeel Ahmed, Mohd Shahid Faisal, Farhatullah Ghori and Mohd Umar.
The FIR in the present case was registered after arrest of Asif on December 14 last year.
The Special Cell has alleged that terror outfit al-Qaeda was trying to set up its base in India under the banner of AQIS and some youths from districts of western Uttar Pradesh had already left India and joined its cadre in Pakistan.
It claimed that and one of the modules of the outfit was active in Sambhal district in Uttar Pradesh. It alleged that the accused were in touch with terrorists from Pakistan, Iran and Turkey via social media and mobile phones, and they had visited these countries and had also financed AQIS and motivated the youths for ‘Jehad’.