Suspected Indian Mujahideen module Fasih Mahmood, who was deported from Saudi Arabia last year, was on Saturday charge-sheeted for acts of terror in connection with the 2010 Jama Masjid attacks in Delhi.
Fasih, one of the founding members of the banned outfit, has been charged under the Indian Penal Code for forgery and possessing fake currency and also under the Explosive Substances Act and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. Abu Jundal, 26/11 key handler and 13 other suspected IM men have already been charge-sheeted in the case.
Fasih has been described as a “motivator” for driving the youth to join the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) which has been instrumental in carrying out series of terror activities across the country since 2008.
“During his interrogation, Fasih disclosed that he was one of the founding members of IM and was involved in its various activities,” the police said in the charge sheet filed in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Asha Menon.
The charge sheet also names 18 suspects which include the Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal (IM founders) and Ahmed Siddibappa (chief of IM in India).
The police have said in the charge sheet that from May 2007 to October 2011, Fasih had come to India from Saudi Arabia five times. During his stay in India, on May 13, 2008, Jaipur blasts took place. When he came to the country from February to April 2010, the German Bakery blast was executed on February 13, 2010, followed by Chinnaswamy Stadium blast on April 17, 2010 and then the Jama Masjid strikes on September 19, 2010.
The police also said Fasih was tasked as a motivator to various Indian members of IM with whom he was in touch through e-mail and web-chatting. The 30-year-old Fasih has also disclosed that the Bhatkal brothers had informed him that they had developed good contacts in Pakistan and were receiving generous support from many people from across the border who were well placed in government there, police said.
During interrogation, he said while he was pursuing engineering course in Anjuman college, Bhatkal, Karnataka, in October-November 2002, he came in contact with Maulana Sheesh who introduced him to Ahmed Siddibappa, the police charge sheet added. - PTI