ISIS Maharashtra Module Case | NIA MAKES ITS 6TH ARREST IN ISIS M’RASHTRA MODULE CASE, ACCUSED AAKIF NACHAN INVOLVED IN FABRICATION OF IED

Policenama online  – ISIS Maharashtra Module Case | In its sixth arrest in the ISIS Maharashtra module case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday took into custody one Aakif Ateeque Nachan for his involvement in the fabrication and testing of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) for commission of terrorist acts and arranging a hideout for two other terror operatives. (ISIS Maharashtra Module Case)

Aakif was found actively involved in promotion of the terror related activities of the ISIS, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organisation, in collaboration with four other accused, namely Zulfikar Ali Barodawala, Mohammed Imran Khan, Mohammed Yunus Saki and Abdul Kadir Pathan (all arrested recently by ATS Pune), along with some other suspects. Imran Khan and Mohammed Yunus Saki, members of ‘Sufa terrorist gang’ were absconding and had been declared ‘most wanted’ by the NIA in a case relating to recovery of explosives from a car in Rajasthan in April 2022

The NIA nabbed Aakif after a series of raids in Borivali, Tehsil Bhivandi in Thane. Several incriminating materials, such as electronic gadgets and documents etc., were also seized during the raids.

Besides assembly of IEDs and purchasing materials and components for the fabrication of IEDs, Aakif had facilitated the stay of Imran and Yunus at a house in Kondhwa, Pune. The accused had organised and participated in Bomb-making Workshops in Kondhwa in 2022 and had also been involved in preparation of a demo IED and conduct of a controlled explosion at this location.

As per NIA investigations, the accused had hatched a conspiracy to further the terrorist activities of ISIS (also known as Islamic State (IS)/Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL)/Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)/Daish/ Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP)/ISIS Wilayat Khorasan/Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham Khorasan (ISIS-K)). He had planned to commit terrorist acts to disturb the unity, integrity, security and sovereignty of the country, and wage a war against the Government of India.

This is the sixth arrest by NIA in the ISIS Maharashtra module case, relating to the ISIS conspiracy to disrupt the nation’s peace. The case was registered by NIA on 28th June, 2023. Last month, the NIA had arrested five accused, Tabish Nasser Siddiqui from Mumbai, Zubair Noor Mohammed Shaikh @ Abu Nusaiba from Pune, and Sharjeel Shaikh and Zulfikar Ali Barodawala from Thane and Dr. Adnan Sarkar from Kondhva, Pune. The arrests had followed extensive searches by the NIA in Mumbai, Thane and Pune.

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