The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at five places in Bihar, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh on Sunday in connection with “Ghazwa-e-Hind,” a radicalised module being run by suspects in Pakistan.

In Darbhanga, Patna (Bihar), Surat (Gujarat), and Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), the group searched one place each. Homes and businesses belonging to these suspects were searched across three states.

Incriminating items, including digital devices (mobile phones, memory cards), SIM cards, and documents, were reportedly taken during the raids, according to the NIA.

Marghoob Ahmad Danish, also known as Tahir, a resident of Patna’s Phulwarisharif locality, was detained by the Bihar Police after the case was reported on July 14 of last year. The NIA picked up the case and re-registered it on July 22 of last year. Marghoob was charged on January 6 of this year with violating a number of laws, including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967 and the Indian Penal Code.

The NIA stated that the accused was discovered to be a part of the Ghazwa-e-Hind module, which was run by operatives located in Pakistan and with the aim of radicalising naïve youth in order to establish Ghazwa-e-Hind over Indian territory.

Investigations indicated that Marghoob was the administrator of the WhatsApp group “Ghazwa-e-Hind,” which was formed by Zain, a Pakistani national.

Marghoob, says the NIA, “had added many Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, and Yemeni nationals to the Group with a view to establishing sleeper cells in the country to engage in terrorist activities.”

Additionally, it claimed that the defendant had established numerous “Ghazwa-e-Hind” social media groups on WhatsApp, Telegram, and BiP Messenger.

He also established a second WhatsApp group called “BDGhazwa E HindBD” and invited citizens of Bangladesh join participate.

According to the NIA, further investigations revealed that a number of the case’s suspects had contact with handlers who were headquartered in Pakistan and were engaged in spreading the Ghazwa-e-Hind doctrine.

The agency continued, “Further NIA investigations in the case are ongoing.”

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