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Hyderabad terror conspiracy case: NIA files chargesheet against three

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a charge sheet against three Hyderabad-based alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives on Wednesday who allegedly planned to carry out terror acts in the city in September.

In September, the Hyderabad police arrested Mohd Abdul Wajid alias Zahed, Samiuddin alias Sami, and Maaz Hasan Farooq alias Maaz, all city residents, and recovered cash and hand grenades from them. The case was later taken over by the National Investigation Agency in January.

In the charge sheet, the NIA alleged that Zahed, Sami, and Maaz communicated with Farhatulla Ghori, a Pakistan based LeT terrorist, and his associates Siddiq Bin Osman alias Abu Hanzala, Abdul Majeed alias Chotu, and other LeT leaders and operatives.

According to the officials, Ghori recruited Zahed and transferred funds to him through hawala channels. Zahed was tasked with recruiting more members into LeT and to carry out terrorist acts. He instigated Sami and Maaz to work for the LeT and succeeded in his task.

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“Four hand-grenades were dropped at an isolated spot near Manoharabad village on Hyderabad-Nagpur Highway (NH-44) on September 28 last year by their handlers. Zahed got the hand-grenade consignment collected through Sami and then gave one grenade each to Sami and Maaz with instructions to hurl the same at public gatherings during Dusshera festival,” the NIA maintained in the charge sheet.

However, they were arrested prior to the planned attacks. During a search of their houses, the grenades were discovered in their possession. An amount of Rs 20 lakhs was also seized from Zahed.







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