National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday filed a charge sheet against four accused persons for their involvement in the conspiracy to plant a bomb in train No 59320, Bhopal-Ujjain Passenger Train, near Jabari Railway Station, District Shajapur, Madhya Pradesh on March 7, this year.
The charge sheet has been filed under several sections of Indian Penal Code, Explosive Substances Act, 1908, Prevention to Damage of Public Property Act, 1984 and Railway Act, 1989.
At least nine people were injured in the explosion on the passenger train on March 7 near Shajapur in Madhya Pradesh. The blast, caused by an Improvised Explosive Device, took place in the general compartment next to the guard’s coach. The investigative agency said they had sufficient evidence to prove that the four had conspired to carry out this “terror act”.
The accused persons charge sheeted in the case are:
1) Atif Muzaffar (A-1) s/o Late MuzaffarHaqNadvi r/o 231, LIG, KDA Colony , Jajmau, Kanpur, PS Chakeri, UP
2) Mohd. Danish @ Jaafar (A-2) s/o Naseem Ahmed r/o 223, Tiwaripur, Taad Bagiya, Jajmau, Kanpur, UP
3) Syed Mir Hussain @ Hussain @ Hamja Abu Bakkas (A-3), s/o Syed Ahsen Hassan, r/o Indira Nagar, Gurshahayganj, PS Gurshahayganj, Kannouj, UP
4) Ghaus Mohd Khan (A-4) s/o Sher Mohammed Khan r/o 314/341, B-48, Manohar Nagar, Jajmau, PS Chakeri, District, Kanpur Nagar
Action against another accused Saifullah has been abated after his death.
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The investigation conducted by the NIA disclosed that Atif Muzzaffar had formed a terrorist gang with several members including Mohd Danish, Syed Mir Hussein, Ghaus Mohd Khan and A5 Saifullah who owed their allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS).
They attended Ahl-e-Hadith program at various places and got radicalized after watching the online publications of ISIS including but not limited to Dabiq magazine and Inspire magazine. They took “Bayath” (oath of allegiance) to the ISISand also attempted to do ‘Hijrat’ (migration to ISIS territory) several times through Kashmir, Amritsar, Mumbai and other places.
Having failed to do so, they then conspired with each other to cause subversive activities threatening the sovereignty of India and the safety and security of the nation. To this effect, they shifted to a hideout at Lucknow and collected arms and fabricated IEDs at his hideout. They conducted trial blasts and also killed a teacher at Kanpur in Nov’2016 using the arms they had purchased.
One such IED was fabricated at their hideout at Lucknow and carried from Lucknow to Bhopal by A1 to A3 by Pushpak express on 07.03.2017. After getting down at Bhopal, A1 to A3 planted the bomb on Bhopal-Ujjain Passenger train which was waiting at Platform no 6. The Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train reached Jabri Railway station at 0938 hrs and then left this station at 0939 hrs.
As soon as the train reached the main line, at around 0941 hrs, the bomb blast occurred in the coach no. WR-084202 GS. Some passengers got injured and the coach was damaged due to the blast. The planters thereafter tried to flee to Lucknow but were apprehended at Pipariya in District Hoshangabad, MP.
During the investigation, sufficient oral, documentary, technical, forensic and material evidence has been collected which establishes the criminal conspiracy and the terror act committed by these accused.