Prison radicalization investigation in Bengaluru: NIA raids 17 sites in 7 states

NewsPrison radicalization investigation in Bengaluru: NIA raids 17 sites in 7 states


Inside the Bengaluru Central Prison, T. Naseer, a terrorist affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba and wife sentenced to prison, is said to have radicalized multiple people. According to persons familiar with the matter, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at 17 sites across seven states on Tuesday as part of its investigation into the radicalization case involving the Bengaluru prison. T. Naseer, a terrorist with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) who was sentenced to life imprisonment, is said to have radicalized a number of inmates at Bengaluru Central Prison and encouraged them to launch terror stacks across the nation.

Following the discovery of weapons and ammunition, including seven pistols, four hand grenades, one magazine, forty-five live rounds, and four walkie-talkies, in July 2023, the Bengaluru City Police initially opened a case. The investigation was taken over by the NIA on October 25, 2023, and as of December 13, 2023, several raids had been conducted.

Although it’s unclear if the bombing at a well-known Bengaluru café on Friday has anything to do with the NIA’s Tuesday raids, those with knowledge of the improvements said they will undoubtedly investigate any potential connections. The agency took up the investigation into the explosion at the Rameshwaram café on Monday.
Eight people, including Naseer and two absconders, have already been charged by the federal agency in the radicalization case involving the Bengaluru prison.

Naseer, a native of Kannur in Kerala, has been serving a life sentence since 2013. During his incarceration, Naseer radicalized Salman Khan and Junaid Ahmed, two people who are thought to have escaped abroad. The following people are thought to have had contact with Naseer.

Mohammed Umar, Zahid Tabrezm, Sayed Mudassir Pasha, Mohammed Faisal Rabbani, and Ayed Suhail Khan. The agency has also filed charges against these five individuals under the Indian Penal Code, the Unlawful Activities Act, the Explosives Substances Act, and the Arms Act.

 Naseer carefully evaluated each person’s potential before moving them all to his barracks in an attempt to radicalize and enlist them in the LeT. In order to further the activities of the LeT, he first succeeded in radicalizing and recruiting Junaid and Salman. Later, the NIA said in a statement in January that he plotted with Junaid to radicalize and recruit the other accused. After committing a few more crimes, Junaid ought to have fled overseas after being released from prison.

 He started transferring money to his co-accused from overseas to support LeT operations both inside and outside of prison, according to the NIA investigations.

In order to carry out a fidayeen attack and assist Naseer in escaping from police custody while he was being transported to court, he also planned with Salman to deliver weapons, ammunition, hand grenades, and walkie-talkies to the other participants.


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