Mohammad Ashif alias Asik of Kota and Sadiq Sarraf of Baran in Rajasthan were charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, for their alleged involvement in recruitment and radicalisation of impressionable Muslim youth on behalf of the PFI for committing violent acts. They were also found involved in organising training camps in handling of weapons and explosives, instigating PFI cadres to pick up arms and raising funds for carrying out violent activities, the NIA said.
Both Ashif and Sarraf were found to be actively promoting enmity between different religious groups in India and motivating the youth to resort to violent means to establish Islamic rule in the country, said an NIA spokesperson.
The case was registered by the NIA in September 2022 to probe a criminal conspiracy hatched by the PFI leaders and cadres “with the aim of driving a wedge between different communities in India through radicalisation and arms-training of gullible Muslim youth … and raising funds for carrying out acts of terror and violence with the ultimate objective of establishing Islamic Rule in India by 2047”, according to an NIA statement put out on Tuesday.
The NIA said the accused had radicalised gullible Muslim youth by brainwashing them into believing that Islam was in danger in India and it was therefore essential for the PFI cadres and the community to train themselves in the use of arms for protecting the religion. The accused were collecting funds in the name of zakat for procurement of weapons and conducting training camps for the PFI cadres, it added.