New Delhi. NIA filed Charge-sheet before NIA Special Court, Poonamallee, Chennai against accused Syed Ali, Age -31, S/o Basheer, R/o Punnakattuvila Veedu, Ayngamam, Parassala-Post, Thiruvananthapuram-District, Kerala.
The case was initially registered on 28.12.2019 at ‘Q’ Branch CID, Chennai City Police Station relating to arrest of few persons who had conspired at Salem and Chennai and fraudulently activated Airtel and Vodafone SIM cards by using multiple identity documents of various persons without their knowledge and consent. Upon investigation, it was found that the accused had used the SIM cards for terrorist activities. NIA had re-registered the case on 21.01.2020 and had taken over the investigation.
Investigation in the case has revealed that these SIM cards were supplied to ISIS terrorists Liyakath Ali and Khaja Moideen. The accused Khaja Moideen along with his co-conspirators had used these SIM cards to organize conspiracy meetings, recruit persons, collect prohibited arms and ammunitions, procure jungle camping equipment, raise funds and harbour associates. They were also making and testing IEDs, using dark web for secret communications with foreign based handler, as part of preparations to wage jihad, after establishing a Wilayah (province) of ISIS/ Daesh in the forests in South India. NIA had earlier filed chargesheet against 12 accused persons under various sections of IPC and UA(P)Act.
During further investigation, it was revealed that charge sheeted accused Syed Ali. B @ Zubair @ Anees @ Abubacker @ Vinjani (Scientist) is highly tech-savvy. He had assisted Khaja Moideen in using dark web, encrypted communication to communicate with a foreign based handler and had also participated in conspiracy meetings and arranged safe hide-outs. In order to further this conspiracy, he had also procured explosive materials and gadgets to experiment with IEDs.