MANGALORE: Mangalore City Police has decided to hand over the case against Mohammed Ahmed Sidibapa aka Yasin Bhatkal registered against him in Ullal police station under crime number 242/2008 to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Ahmed Sidibapa, the alleged founder leader of proscribed terrorist organisation- Indian Mujahideen (IM) is one among the 13 accused named in the above case and declared a fugitive by the police.
Ahmed Sidibappa has been charged with criminal conspiracy (120 B), conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section 121 - that is - waging or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war against the state (121A), collecting arms, with intention of waging war against the state (122 IPC), promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, sections 5, and 6 of Explosives Substances Act, and 10, 11, 13, 18, and 19 of UAPA.
Ahmed's arrest near Motihari, Bihar on August 28, 2013 has since changed the equation. However, with NIA evincing keen interest in the above case, Mangalore City Police has moved papers to transfer the case to them. City police chief R Hithendra said NIA is in touch with the city police in this regard and have shown interest. "We have sent papers to transfer the case to NIA through the home ministry and the police chief office," he said.
NIA has carried out lot of investigation into the case, he said, adding it is in interest of the case that one agency does the investigation. Others wanted in this case are Mudassir Yasin, Mohammad Akbar, Iqbal Bhatkal and Riyaz Bhatkal. Syed Mohammad Naushad, Ahmad Bawa Abubakkar Shabbir Bhatkal and Qayamuddin are incarcerated in jails in Gujarat. Mohammad Ali, Javed Ali, Mohammad Rafique and Fakir Ahmed are out on bail.