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The Hyderabad police arrested Abdul Zahid, Mohd Samiuddin and Maaz Hasan Farooq on October 2, 2022, for conspiring to throw grenades at public meetings. (ANI file photo)
According to the NIA, Abdul Zahid along with his gang members hatched a conspiracy to carry out terrorist activities in Hyderabad based on instructions from their handlers from Pakistan. The accused have been booked under UAPA
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has booked three arrested youths under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for allegedly planning terror attacks in Hyderabad last October.
The key player, Abdul Zahid, has been accused of involvement in other terrorism-related cases in Hyderabad, and had recruited several youths such as Mohd Samiuddin, Maaz Hasan Farooq and others on the instructions of alleged Pakistan-based handlers belonging to Lashkar-e . -Taiba (LeT), Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the NIA said in its FIR last week.
Zahid was previously arrested in 2005 for his alleged involvement in a suicide bombing case, but was released in 2017 due to lack of evidence.
According to the NIA, Zahid along with his gang members conspired to carry out terrorist activities including blasts and lone-wolf attacks in Hyderabad city based on instructions from their handlers from Pakistan.
The NIA said it was also learned that Zahid had received hand grenades from his handlers from a “neighboring country” and was planning to hurl them at public meetings and processions in the city to create communal tension.
Directing the NIA to register a case against the accused, the Home Ministry said the Center had received information that a person named Zaheed had joined his gang as per the instructions of “masters in the neighboring country” to carry out terror activities, including the blasts. Conspiracy with the members. and the lone-wolf attack in Hyderabad city. The MHA order states, “FIR No. 204/2022 has been registered on 01.10.2022 at PS Central Crime Station, District Hyderabad, Telangana u/s 18, 18(b) and 20 of the UA(P) Act, 1967 Went.”
The Hyderabad police arrested Abdul Zahid, Mohd Samiuddin and Maaz Hasan Farooq on October 2, 2022, for conspiring to throw grenades at public meetings. Two hand grenades, two mobile phones and Rs 3,91,800 were seized by the police from Zaheed.
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