According to the charge sheet filed by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police against 17 accused, some Indians joined Al-Qaeda because they were moved by the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition and 2002 Godhra riots, and were committed to establish base of terror outfit Al-Qaeda in India.
The Delhi Police also told a court that some of the 17 accused went to Pakistan for jihad and met JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, LeT chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and several other dreaded terrorists.
The Delhi Police charge sheet, which was filed before Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh also added:
“While delivering jihadi speeches in various mosques, he (arrested accused Syed Anzar Shah) met Mohd Umar (one of the absconding accused) and they discussed atrocities on Muslims in India, especially Godhra and Babri Masjid issues. Umar was impressed with his jihadi ideology and speeches and committed himself to the cause of jihad and expressed the desire to receive arms/ammunition training from Pakistan.”
Umar, who is still absconding, was operating from Pakistan.
Based on the information given by arrested accused Abdur Rehman, the sleuths were able to trace hideouts of Pakistani militants in India.
Pakistani militants Salim, Mansoor and Sajjad, all of whom were members of the Jaish-e-Mohammed and were killed during a 2001 shootout in Uttar Pradesh, had used one of these hideouts.
It must be noted that the 12 of the 17 accused that have been named in the charge sheet are still absconding, and have been booked for allegedly conspiring, recruiting Indian youths and establishing a base of AQIS in India.
The remaining 5 accused – Mohd Asif, Zafar Masood, Mohd Abdul Rehman, Syed Anzar Shah and Abdul Sami – have been charged for offences under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
The 5 of the 17 accused that have been arrested, were caught between December 2015 to January 2016 from different parts of India.
The agency has also alleged that that some youths from western Uttar Pradesh have already left India and joined its cadre AQIS in Pakistan, they also added that one of AQIS modules was also active in Sambhal district in Uttar Pradesh.
The absconding 12 accused are 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.