The National Investigative Agency (NIA) has arrested a suspected Al-Qaeda conspirator from West Bengal for his alleged anti-national activities, officials said. The suspect Abdul Momin Mondal, 32, is a resident of Murshidabad in West Bengal and has been placed under arrest in connection with the Al-Qaeda case of West Bengal and Kerala.
He is the ninth person to be held from Bengal in connection to a suspected Al-Qaeda module in the country.
Al-Qaeda terror module
The anti-terror probe agency had lodged a case on September 11, 2020, against the accused involved in anti-national activities by a group of Jihadi terrorists consisting of more than 10 members. According to officials, the terrorists were inspired by globally proscribed terrorist organization Al-Qaeda, who were planning to carry out anti-national and terrorist activities at different locations in India including but not limited to West Bengal, Delhi, and Kerala.
“Investigation revealed that accused Abdul Momin Mondal was working as a teacher in Raipur Darur Huda Islamia Madrassa in Murshidabad District, West Bengal, and was found to be involved in a series of conspiratorial meetings convened by the members of the Al-Qaeda module. He was also trying to recruit new members for the group and was raising funds for furthering its terrorist activities,” said a statement by NIA.
The NIA has seized digital devices and other articles after searching the residential premises of Mondal on Sunday.
So far, 11 accused have been arrested by the NIA in this case— 8 persons from West Bengal and 3 others from Kerala for suspected links to the module. Accused Abdul Momin Mondal was produced before the District Court in Murshidabad today and transit remand for transporting him to New Delhi has been granted.