Bihar: Police busts terror module plotting to target PM Modi
The Bihar Police on Wednesday busted a potential terror module with some links to the extremist outfit Popular Front of India (PFI). The police said two persons, including a retired Jharkhand police officer, with alleged links to PFI, have been arrested for indulging in anti-India activities. They were apparently planning to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit on Tuesday.
Manish Kumar, the assistant superintendent of police of Phulwari Sharif in Patna, said an excerpt from an eight-page-long document the accused shared titled 'India vision 2047' talks about "subjugating coward majority community and bringing back the glory." Mohammad Jallauddin, the retired cop, and a former Students' Islamic Movement of India member who is also a current member of Popular Front of India, Athar Parvez have been arrested.
The ASP said that the two were teaching locals how to use swords and knives and also instigating them for communal violence. An investigation has revealed that people from other states were visiting them in Patna. Those visitors used to change their names while staying in hotels in the Bihar capital to conceal their identities, he further said.
ASP Kumar said that objectionable documents pertaining to Islamic extremism have been seized from their possession. Kumar added that it was found during the investigation that Parvez was in touch with overseas organizations and raising foreign funds to carry out anti-India activities. Parvez's younger brother was among the many jailed in 2001-02 in connection with bomb blast cases in Bihar after SIMI was banned.
The suspected terrorists were allegedly being trained in Phulwari Sharif 15 days before PM Narendra Modi's visit on Tuesday. Meetings were held on July 6 and 7 to plan ploys to target PM Modi. The Bihar Police, who conducted raids at the Phulwari Sharif office of the suspected terrorists, found incriminating documents. Nearly 25 PFI pamphlets were also recovered from them.
After the Intelligence Bureau got information that a possible terrorist module was operating in the Phulwari Sharif area, raids were carried out in the Naya Tola area on Monday and the duo was arrested. Youths from Kerala, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and other states were being trained there. The module received terror funding from many Islamic countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Turkey.