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5 BD nationals charged with ABT link in India

Published : Sunday, 9 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 175

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India on Friday filed a charge sheet in the NIA court against five Bangladeshi nationals for aiding and harbouring members of a Bangladesh-based terrorist organisation, 'Ansarullah Bangla Team' (ABT) in Pune  city, according to Indian newspaper The Hindu. ABT is a front organisation of Al-Qaida, according to the NIA and has been banned by Bangladesh. Following the ban the group has renamed itself and has been operating as the 'Ansar Al Islam'.

The charge-sheet was filed in the NIA court in Mumbai Friday against Mohammed Habibur Rahman Habib alias Raj Jesub Mandal, Ripen Hossain alias Rubel, Hannan Anwar Khan alias Hannan Baburli Gazi, Mohd Hassan Ali, Mohd Amir Ali and Azhar Ali Subhanalla Islam alias Raja Jesub Mandal, the NIA said in a statement put up on its website.

The charge sheet against the Bangladeshi nationals have been filed under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code, relevant sections of stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967 and section 14 of the Foreigners Act of 1946, reports the  paper's New Delhi correspondent.
All the five Bangladeshi nationals were arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad of western Indian city of Pune in Maharashtra state on the charges of aiding and harbouring members of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) in Pune.
The Bangladeshi nationals had been originally arrested by the Anti Terrorist Squad, Pune, for aiding and harbouring members of ABT in Pune. After orders from the Ministry of Home Affairs, investigation of the case was transferred to the NIA.

According to the NIA, the five Bangladeshis had, in 2017, provided shelter and money to Tushar Bishwas alias Tanvir, a member of the ABT who had earlier been charged under UAPA by the NIA.

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