On July 16, Patna Police arrested a member of Popular Front of India (PFI) identified as Margoob Ahmad alias Danish Tahir from Munir settlement in Saguna More under Rupaspur Police Station area. According to the police, he has links with terrorists in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Yemen and the Gulf countries. Notably, Phulwari Sharif, which is located on the outskirts of Patna, has a large Muslim population. There are several madrasas and old mosques.
Margoob had studied at a Madarsa in the Phulwari Sharif region. Later he went to Dubai and stayed there for 12 years. After returning from Dubai, he started teaching the Quran to local youths. He was a member of a WhatsApp group named ‘Ghazwa-e-Hind’ and used the Pakistani flag on the map of India as his icon. The FIR registered against Margoob said: “This group provides information about Ghazwa-E Hind, the persecution of all Muslims and also gives information about all special events in the world.”
Moreover, this anti-Indian WhatsApp group was started in Pakistan with a Pakistani manager. The members of this group came from Pakistan, Yemen and other Islamic countries. In the group, members regularly shared acts of Islamic terrorism and glorified terrorists. They pushed the young members of the group to establish an Islamic nation in India.
One of the group’s messages read, “I urge the Muslims of Bangladesh to prepare for the conquest of India.” They also urged members of the Muslim community not to observe Hindu traditions and culture. A call for a boycott of Indian products has also been launched. Interestingly, the group also spoke out against AIMIM and urged young Muslims not to support the political party.
Margoob was active on different social media platforms. He created three groups on WhatsApp to spread Islamic propaganda. In one of the groups there were 181 members, while the other two had 10 and 11 members respectively. Margoob has over 2,000 followers on Facebook and he actively posts anti-Indian material on the social media platform.
In one of the posts, he wrote, “India will end. My Nabi’s name will reign everywhere. Insha’Allah, Insha’Allah. He also used to share anti-Indian and jihadist posts from other people. He was a member of the “India will end” movement on social media platforms.
Searching his social media accounts and gadgets, police discovered he had posted anti-Indian posts on June 12, urging his followers to “boycott India”. In that message, he had used an image of the Indian national flag with a cross on it. He had urged supporters to boycott Indian products and show their love for ‘Nabi’.
Police also noticed a Pakistani number registered as “Markhob” on his cell phone. Police are investigating whether the owner of the number is operating from Pakistan or someone from India is using it.
Chief Superintendent of Police (SSP) in Patna, Manavjeet Singh Dhillon, said: “Videos of terrorism in Kashmir and civil unrest in countries including Syria, as well as videos of alleged repression of minorities have been released. on the whatsapp group with the aim of getting people to . Most of the numbers associated with the WhatsApp group used aliases or fake names, the investigation to identify them will continue. We will seek the help of sister security agencies to probe the angle of terrorist financing.
Several training centers for Islamists
A report by Dainik Bhaskar suggests that the defendants told police that PFI had opened offices in 12 districts of the state. Raids at these locations are ongoing. Athar and Armaan, who were recently arrested, revealed details of PFI’s plan to train young Muslims in the use of weapons. The police formed eight teams to investigate the sleeper cell modules. On Sunday, police raided different places including Patna, Muzaffarpur, Purnia, East Champaran, Motihari, Saran, Darbhanga and others.