Mangaluru: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a charge sheet against two individuals, Mohamed Shariq and Syed Shariq, in connection with the Islamic State (IS) sponsored pressure cooker blast that occurred in Mangaluru, Karnataka, in November of the previous year.
Charges and Conspiracy
The charge sheet highlights Mohamed Shariq’s role in preparing the pressure cooker improvised explosive device (IED), while Syed Shariq provided material support for the explosive. The two, along with an online handler, were part of a conspiracy aimed at establishing a Caliphate. The plan included spreading terror among the Hindu community by targeting the Kadri Manjunatha Temple in Mangaluru.
Mohamed Shariq was transporting the pressure cooker IED in an auto-rickshaw when it accidentally exploded on November 19, 2022. The intended target was the Kadri Manjunatha Temple, but due to the low-intensity blast en route, the plan was disrupted. The NIA had filed the case on November 23, 2022, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Explosive Substances Act.
Arrest and Previous Activities
Mohamed Shariq was arrested by the NIA in July 2023, along with his co-accused Syed Shariq. Shariq had previously come under the security forces’ radar in November 2020 when he was arrested by the state police for supporting global terror outfits through pro-terror graffiti in Mangaluru. He was also implicated in the Shivamogga IS Conspiracy Case of 2022, where a total of 10 individuals were arrested for radicalizing and recruiting Muslim youth, fundraising, and conducting a trial blast in furtherance of anti-India activities attributed to the IS.