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NIA Files Additional Charges in Shivamogga IS Conspiracy Case

NIA Files Additional Charges in Shivamogga IS Conspiracy Case
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In a recent development, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has submitted a chargesheet against an additional accused and has leveled additional charges against two others in the Shivamogga IS conspiracy case. This case is related to the creation of graffiti in Mangaluru expressing support for proscribed terrorist outfits such as the Islamic State (IS), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and the Taliban.

The NIA, in its second supplementary chargesheet for the case, has accused Arafath Ali and added extra charges against Mohammed Shariq and Maaz Muneer Ahmed. Arafath, responsible for radicalizing and recruiting other individuals to write graffiti in January 2020, was apprehended by the NIA at New Delhi International Airport’s T3 terminal on September 14, 2023, upon returning from Kenya. Prior to his arrest, he had fled to Dubai, anticipating his apprehension in connection with the Al-Hind module case, where he was associated with two absconding accused, Abdul Matheen Taha and Mussavir Hussain Shazeb.

According to the NIA, Arafath received instructions from Abdul Matheen and Mussavir Hussain, leading him to indoctrinate Mohammed Shariq, Maaz Muneer Ahmed, and others to create graffiti supporting terrorist activities and outfits in Mangaluru.

Further investigation has revealed that Arafath, in collaboration with his associates and an online handler, was part of a broader conspiracy to promote IS’s terrorist activities. Arafath had compensated the graffiti writers using funds received in cryptocurrencies from his online handler. The NIA had previously filed one main chargesheet and one supplementary chargesheet against nine accused, including Mohammed Shariq and Maaz Muneer Ahmed. The release concludes by stating that ongoing investigations are continuing in this case.

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