NIA arrests 13th accused in Phulwarisharif Bihar PFI case
PFI cadres in Phulwarisharif and Motihari had vowed to continue PFI activities in a clandestine manner in Bihar and had also arranged a firearm and ammunition recently to eliminate a youth of a particular community in Bihar’s East Champaran District
Close on the heels of unearthing the hawala network in South India and arrest of 5 PFI operatives on 6th March 2023, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested one from Bihar.
The accused has been identified as Md. Irshad Alam of Mehsi, East Champaran, Bihar.
Pursuing investigational leads, the NIA found that despite the ban on the PFI imposed on 27th September, PFI leaders/cadres continued to propagate the ideology of violent extremism and were also arranging arms and ammunition to commit crimes. This case was registered in July 2022 when 4 accused persons were arrested as they gathered in Phulwarisharif area of Patna for training and to carry out acts of terror and violence. 3 more were arrested in February this year.
PFI cadres in Phulwarisharif and Motihari had vowed to continue PFI activities in a clandestine manner in Bihar and had also arranged a firearm and ammunition recently to eliminate a youth of a particular community in Bihar’s East Champaran District.
The NIA states that Md. Irshad Alam who has been arrested was in close association with accused Yakub Khan, Physical Education Trainer of PFI.
The accused Yakoob Khan had posted incriminating videos on social media to spread communal flare-up. Subsequently Yakoob, along with Md Irshad Alam and other associates, had planned to execute a targeted killing. Reece was conducted with the help of Irshad to carry out the attack. A firearm and ammunition were also arranged by Yakoob Khan with the help of other arrested accused.
With this arrest, the number of accused arrested has gone up to 13. Earlier, in January this year, the agency filed a chargesheet against four accused persons.