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1,800-page chargesheet against IM for attacks since ’05

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Tuesday filed a chargesheet running into over 1,800 pages against the 21 alleged Indian Mujahideen...

Sagnik Chowdhury & Mustafa Plumbermumbai | Published: February 18, 2009 12:27 am

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Tuesday filed a chargesheet running into over 1,800 pages against the 21 alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives as well as six other wanted accused. They have been charged with forming an organised crime syndicate for terrorist activities and for hacking into WiFi accounts to send terror e-mails claiming responsibility for the Ahmedabad and Delhi blasts and the unexploded bombs found in Surat.

The chargesheet was filed before Special MCOCA Judge Y D Shinde. Fourteen of the arrested accused,who are currently lodged in jail,were produced before the court and each handed copies of the chargesheet.

Mansoor Asghar Peerbhoy,a software engineer who worked for Yahoo in Pune and was alleged to be the head of the IM’s ‘media wing’,today withdrew his application to turn approver as he was named as an accused in the chargesheet.

According to the chargesheet,the accused formed a syndicate to commit terrorist activities “to create terror,mayhem and fear” and engaged in unlawful activities such as stealing motor cars for causing blasts,“procuring and manufacturing IEDs resulting in death and serious injuries to the public in different cities of India since 2005” and “sending terror e-mails by hacking into unsecured WiFi connections”.

The chargesheet relates specifically only to two registered offences pertaining to the IM terror e-mails — one sent on August 23 and traced to Khalsa College in Matunga,Mumbai,claiming responsibility for the Ahmedabad blasts and planting of IEDs in Surat,and the other sent on September 13 and traced to M/s Kamran Power Control Pvt Ltd in Chembur,Mumbai,that claimed responsibility for the Delhi blasts.

“The content of the terror e-mails shows that they were designed with the deliberate intention of outraging religious feelings and creating a divide between communities,” the chargesheet states.

As reported by The Indian Express,the chargesheet does not mention the Mumbai Police’s claims that five of the accused posed as Pakistanis and planted bombs that went off in suburban trains on July 11,2006. However,in a document pertaining to sanction from the state Home Department for prosecuting the accused,the Crime Branch has stated that the IM members “have continued unlawful activities of serious crime i.e. bomb blasts at Jaipur,Ahmedabad,Hyderabad,Lucknow,Delhi and Mumbai”.

The Crime Branch will file a supplementary chargesheet in the IM case,furnishing technical and forensic evidence. “We will be filing it once we get certain forensic reports of laptops seized by us,along with details of certain bank transactions in foreign countries that form a part of the outfit’s funding,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria.

The six wanted accused named in the chargesheet are co-founder of the outfit Riyaz Bhatkal,his elder brother Iqbal,Ameer Raza,Amin alias Raja Ayub Shaikh,Mohd Mobeen Abdul Shakoor Khan alias Irfan and Abu Rashid.

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