NIA files second charge sheet in Telangana’s Nizamabad case, says PFI provides arms training

Nizamabad case: The second charge sheet has been filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Nizamabad case of Telangana. The latest charge sheet states that cadres of the Popular Front of India (PFI) have been found involved in inciting and radicalizing Muslim youth, recruiting them into the banned organization and imparting arms training in specially organized training camps.

The National Investigation Agency filed a supplementary charge sheet in the NIA Special Court in Hyderabad, naming five accused Sheikh Rahim alias Abdul Rahim, Sheikh Wahid Ali alias Abdul Waheed Ali, Zafarullah Khan Pathan, Sheikh Riaz Ahmed and Abdul Waris. The accused have been included in the chargesheet under sections 120B, 153A of IPC and sections 13(1)(b), 18, 18A and 18B of the UA(P) Act, 1967.

Telangana Police started investigation in August 2022

Earlier in December 2022, the NIA filed its first charge sheet. Let us tell you that in the Nizamabad case, the Telangana Police had registered the case on July 4 last year. Subsequently, in August 2022, after taking over the investigation from the Telangana Police, the NIA filed its first charge sheet against 11 accused in the case.

The NIA said the accused persons are trained PFI cadres who were found involved in inciting and radicalizing affected Muslim youth, recruiting them into PFI and imparting arms training in specially organized PFI training camps.

NIA told the objectives of PFI cadres

The counter-terrorism agency said that the objective of the PFI cadres was to carry out violent terrorist activities in furtherance of the conspiracy to establish Islamic rule in the country by 2047. These PFI cadres were said to have misinterpreted religious texts and declared that a violent form of jihad was necessary to alleviate the suffering of Muslims in India.

The PFI and several of its affiliates were declared an ‘unlawful association’ by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in September last year after their involvement in violent activities during investigations by various state police units and national agencies.

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