‘IS Men’ Were Planning To Attack Kumbh With Explosive Made Out Of Matchstick Powder: NIA

Filing chargesheet against six men who are accused of conspiring to attack Ardh Kumbh Mela, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on July 18 said that the accused were making an improvised explosive device (IED) out of “match stick powder”.


Kumbhmela 2016

Representational Image Kumbhmela 2016

The chargesheet stated that each of the six accused resorted to extracting  “explosive material from match sticks” and that is what established their association with each other.



These six men are Akhlakur Rehman, Mohd Azeemushan, Mohd Meraj, Mohd Osama, Mohsin Ibrahim Sayyed and Yusuf-al-Hindi, who are suspected to be members of the ‘Haridwar module’ of the Islamic State (IS).

NIA has booked them under Section 120 B (conspiracy) of IPC and several provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.


According to CFSL firearm examination report, the substance collected from Azeemushan had “Potassium, Antimony, Phosphorous, Chlorate, Sulphide, and Ammonium” which are “explosive charge used in matches”.

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