NIA conducted searches at seven locations in Thrissur and Kozhikode districts of Kerala in connection with the fugitive accused belonging to the proscribed terrorist organisation Jund Al Aqsa believed to be in Syria. The houses searched are of Mohammed Faaz, Mohammed Ihthisham, Abdul Sameeh, Rayees Rehiman, Nabeel Mohammed, Mohamed Shaheen and Mohammed Ameer.
The case was originally registered suo-motu by NIA on 09.01.2019 u/s 120B and 125 of IPC besides sections 16 and 18 of UA(P) Act against six accused persons namely Hashir Mohammed, native of Ernakulam district, Kerala; Sidhikul Akbar, native of Malappuram district, Kerala; Muhammed Irfan, native of Kannur district, Kerala; Thaha Mohammed, native of Shimoga district, Karnataka; Sultan Abdulla, native of Kozhikode district, Kerala and Fayez Farooq, native of Thrissur district, Kerala, who all, while being in Qatar had conspired from 2013 onwards, conducted preparations or travelled to Syria and joined the proscribed terrorist organizations Jund AL Aqsa or Jabhat AL Nusrah.
Investigation has revealed that Mohammed Faaz, Mohammed Ihthisham, Abdul Sameeh, Rayees Rehiman, Nabeel Mohammed, Mohammed Shaheen and Mohammed Ameer, while being in Qatar till early 2019, were in contact with the accused Sidhikul Akbar and had provided funds to fugitive, based in Syria. During searches, nine mobile phones, fifteen SIM cards, one iPad, six laptops, three memory cards and various documents have been seized.