Home Ministry shifts PFI-linked Bihar terror module case to NIA

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The Ministry of Home Affairs has handed over the Phulwari Sharif terror case of Bihar Police to the National Investigation Agency. State police, earlier this month, arrested three men allegedly linked to the Popular Front of India for being part of a “potential terror module”.

One of the arrested people is a retired sub-inspector of the Jharkhand Police Mohammed Jalaluddin. The other accused are Athar Parvez, a former member of the banned Muslim outfit Students’ Islamic Movement of India, and Arman Malik.

The arrests were made ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. Police allege that the group aimed to target those “who make adverse and objectionable” comments against Islam.

Refuting the allegations, PFI, in a press statement, said, “there seems to be a common trend in different states to target Popular Front through a set of uniform modus operandi which indicates that it is part of a political decision against the organisation coming from a single table.”

An NIA official told Indian Express the agency had begun the process of taking over the case from Bihar Police.

Bihar Police filed an FIR against 26 people, allegedly part of a “potential terror module”, under IPC Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 121 and 121A (waging war against the state), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration).