NIA Chargesheets Two In IS-Backed Mangaluru Pressure Cooker IED Blast Case

NIA Chargesheets Two In IS-Backed Mangaluru Pressure Cooker IED Blast Case

New Delhi, November 30 (TNA) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday filed a chargesheet against two accused in the Islamic State (IS) sponsored pressure cooker blast that took place in Mangaluru in Karnataka in November last year.

One of the accused, Mohamed Shariq, had been carrying the pressure cooker IED in an auto-rickshaw when it exploded on 19th November 2022. He had planned to plant the IED at Kadri Manjunatha Temple, Mangaluru, with the aim to create terror among the Hindu community but the low intensify bomb accidentally exploded on the way.

The case (RC-47/2022/NIA/DLI) was registered on 23rd November 2022 under sections 120B and 307 of IPC and sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act 1908. Shariq was arrested by the NIA in July 2023, along with his co-accused, Syed Shariq. The NIA on Wednesday filed a chargesheet prosecuting both the arrested accused.

As per the NIA investigations, Shariq and Syed, along with an online handler, had planned the explosion as part of a conspiracy to establish Caliphate (Shariya Law). In pursuance of the conspiracy, Mohamed Shariq had prepared the pressure cooker IED and Syed Yasin had provide material support for the explosive.

Shariq had first come on the radar of security forces in November 2020 when he was arrested by the state police for pro-terror graffiti in Mangaluru city. He and his associates had put up the graffiti in support of the global terror outfit, the Islamic State (IS).

Subsequently, Shariq was also named in the Shivamogga IS Conspiracy Case (RC-46/2022/NIA/ DLI) of 2022, in which so far 10 accused have been arrested. Of these 10 arrested, nine, including Shariq and Syed Yasin, were chargesheeted on 30th June 2023 for radicalising and recruiting gullible Muslim youth, raising funds, and further conducting trial blast to further the anti-India activities of IS.

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