- NIA raided multiple locations across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana today.
- The raids were related to case of "terrorist training" under the guise of Karate lessons.
- The raids were conducted in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool, Nellore, Kadapa, and in Telangana's Nizamabad.
NIA raids: The National Investigation Agency on Sunday (September 18), raided multiple locations across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in the case of "terrorist training" under the guise of conducting Karate lessons. The raids were conducted in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool, Nellore, Kadapa, and in Telangana's Nizamabad areas. The agency is searching the residence of PFI District Convene Shadulla, who is the main accused in this case.
In Nizamabad, at least 23 teams of NIA conducted raids, whereas at least 2 teams were present in the Guntur district. The police have already arrested Mohammad Imran and Mohammad Abdul Mobin, and treason cases have been registered against them.
Besides, NIA nabbed fives extremists who were allegedly responsible for training terrorists in the guise of giving Karate lessons.
NIA's Hyderabad branch registered a case linked to the PFI on August 26. One Abdul Khadar, 52, a resident of Autonagar, Nizamabad, along with 26 persons were accused in the NIA First Information Report (FIR) which mentions that they along with others conspired to wage war against the Government of India.
"In pursuance of the criminal conspiracy, they recruited the members of Popular Front of India (PFI), organised camps for imparting training for committing terrorist acts. They formed an unlawful assembly and promoted enmity between different groups on the basis of religion and were involved in activities disrupting sovereignty and territorial integrity of India," the FIR mentions.
During the further inquiry, official sources said, the owner of the house, Abdul Khader admitted that in lieu of financial assistance of Rs 6 lakh promised by some accused persons belonging to PFI, he had constructed a portion on the roof of his house and allowed the premises to be used for imparting training to the cadres of PFI and the meeting of the organization.