New Delhi. NIA arrested accused Mohammed Rashid, aged 25, s/o Sadulla, resident of Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu.
The case was originally registered as FIR 46/ 2018 dated 02.04.2018, under sections 153A and 120B of Indian Penal Code ;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 Ramnathapuram district of Tamil Nadu after the arrest of accused Mohamed Rifas, Muparish Ahamed and Abupakkar Sithik from Keelakarai. Lethal weapons including swords along with pamphlets pertaining to the terrorist gang ‘Shahadat is our Goal’ were seized from their possession. Sheik Dawood @ Seik Thavuthu, Ahamed Imithyash, Hameed Asfar, Liyakath Ali , Sajith Ahamed and Rizwan Mohammad were also arrested during ensuing investigation. NIA reregistered the case on 10.01.2019.
Searches were conducted by NIA at the premises of the accused persons in May, 2019 and Mohammed Rashid was identified as an active member of the terrorist gang. Scrutiny of forensically retrieved data from the seized digital devices and their e-mail and social media accounts, has revealed that the accused persons including Mohammed Rashid, had conducted multiple conspiracy meetings under leadership of Sheik Dawood@ Seik Thavuthu and Mohamed Rifas @ Mohamed Rigbass with the intention of waging violent jihad in Tamil Nadu, as part of their efforts to establish Islamic rule (Shariah). The accused, in pursuance of the conspiracy, had also attempted to procure illegal fire arms.
The arrested accused was produced before the Special NIA Court, Chennai and was sent to Judicial Custody.