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Guj, Muzaffarnagar riots led youths to terrorism, court told

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The riots in Gujarat and Muzaffarnagar have motivated youths to join terrorism in India, the Delhi Police has told a court here in a charge sheet filed against three alleged Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) operatives.

In the charge sheet filed against three suspected JeM members arrested for allegedly planning an attack in the national capital, the Special Cell of the police said Pakistan-based JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar was the main "inspiration" for the accused and other youths in India to join terrorism.

The charge sheet was filed before Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh against the accused -- Mohd Sajid, Shakir and Sameer, who are currently in judicial custody.

"He (Sajid) talked to the youths (in a meeting in his house on December 20, 2015) about persecution of Muslims during Gujarat and Muzaffarnagar riots, apart from talking about the conditions of Muslims in Burma. He had said that they should be ready to face Gujarat-like situations in future.

"To indoctrinate these youths, Sajid had asked them to listen to the 'taqreer' (speeches) of Maulana Masood Azhar," the charge sheet said.

Regarding Sajid's role, it said, "He listened Jihadi speeches of Maulana who spoke about violent Jihad in India in retaliation to the demolition of 'Babri Masjid' and about alleged atrocities on Muslims in India and liberation of Kashmir from India."

"The alleged persecution of Muslims as shown in these videos and emphasised in the speeches of Maulana infused in him the feeling of armed Jihad against India," it said.

The agency also quoted video clippings recovered from Sajid containing the JeM chief's inflammatory speeches inciting terror actions in India.

The charge sheet said over 100 books, videos and graphic

images were recovered from the possession of accused, which had "enough content to mould a Muslim youth towards violent Jihad. Sajid used these material to radicalise Muslim youths of his locality," it said.

Based on intercepted calls between Sameer and Sajid, the police also claimed that the accused were conspiring to execute terror action by causing explosion in Delhi and NCR.

Delhi Police had in May this year detained around 10 others suspected to be linked with a terror outfit for planning an attack in the city and allegedly recovered explosives from their possession after a series of overnight raids in the national capital and neighbouring states. However, they were let off later after questioning.

Special Cell teams had conducted raids in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in a joint operation of Delhi Police and a central intelligence agency.

All the three accused were suspected to be members of a sleeper unit of the terror outfit, police alleged.

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First Published: Fri, October 21 2016. 19:22 IST