NIA files supplementary chargesheet against alleged Al-Qaeda member in Lucknow

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Tawheed Ahmad Shah is accused of raising an 'Al-Qaeda' module and ‘Ansaar Gajwatul Hind’ (AGH) in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh to carry out terrorist acts.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a supplementary chargesheet before NIA Special Court, Lucknow on Wednesday i.e. August 3, 2022, against an accused Tawheed Ahmad Shah for radicalizing and recruiting members for AQIS (Al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent).

Shah has been booked under Sections 121, 121A, and 122 of the Indian Penal Code, Sections 17, 18, 18B, 38, 39, and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Shah is also accused of raising an 'Al-Qaeda' module and ‘Ansaar Gajwatul Hind’ (AGH) in Lucknow to carry out terrorist acts.

As per the NIA press release, the case was initially registered on January 10, 2021, at Anti-terrorist Squad Gomti Nagar, Police Station in Uttar Pradesh, and then re-registered by NIA on July 29, 2021.

Earlier, NIA had arrested and chargesheeted 5 accused persons on January 5, 2022.

Investigations have revealed that Shah instigated accused Minhaj Ahmad to join Al-Qaeda and instructed Minhaj to recruit as many members as possible to join Al-Qaeda affiliate AGH (Ansaar Gajwatul Hind) for the commission of terrorist acts.

As per the NIA press release, Shah was working as an Over Ground Worker (OGW) for accused Adil Nabi Teli (killed in an encounter), a declared terrorist affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) / the Resistance Front (TRF), and for Syed Basharat Shah, a slain terrorist of AGH, an extended outfit of proscribed terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.

“Shah received funds from earlier chargesheeted accused Minhaj Ahmad in the account of persons known to him and funded terrorists Syed Basharat Shah and Adil Nabi Teli”, further stated the NIA press release.