The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday charge-sheeted eight persons, including a life convict and two absconders, in a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Prison radicalization and ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attack conspiracy case.
Among the charge-sheeted accused, T. Naseer of Kannur, Kerala, is serving a life sentence in Central Prison, Bengaluru, since 2013, while Junaid Ahmed @ JD and Salman Khan are suspected to have fled abroad.
The statement identified the others as Syed Suhail Khan @ Suhail, Mohammed Umar @ Umar, Zahid Tabrez @ Zahid, Syed Mudassir Pasha and Mohammed Faisal Rabbani @ Sadath.
The case was originally registered by the Bengaluru City Police on 18th July 2023 following seizure of arms, ammunition, hand-grenades and walkie-talkies from the possession of seven of the accused persons. The recovery was made while the seven men were gathered in the house of one of the accused,” the statement said. It was further revealed that Naseer, who was involved in several blast cases, had come in contact with the other accused while they were all lodged in Bengaluru Prison during 2017.
“While Salam was in Prison then in a POCSO case, the others were involved in a murder case. Naseer had managed to get them all shifted to his barracks after a careful assessment of their potential with a view to radicalize and recruit them into the LeT. He first managed to radicalize and recruit Junaid and Salman to further the activities of the LeT; thereafter, he conspired with Junaid to radicalize and recruit the other accused,” it further added.