The Maharashtra ATS has made a big revelation after inquiries from 10 people arrested from Maharashtra in connection with Islamic State. In the interrogation of the arrested persons, it was revealed that they had conspired to add poison to Mahaprasad of the famous 400 years old Shree Mumbeshwar temple in Maharashtra.
According to Mumbai Mirror report, one of the accused Talha Potrik had attempted to mix poison in the MahaPrasad during the Shrimadh Bagwat Katha organised at the temple in December last year. Approx 40,000 people had eaten the Mahaprasad that day. Their plan was to kill 40,000 people at a time by mixing poison.
ATS has filed a charge sheet in this case and has identified the identity of all the suspects, 9 of them are adults and 1 suspect is minor. The accused have been identified as :
- Talha Potrik
- Abu Hamza
- Mohsin Khan alias Abu Marya
- Atai Waris Abdul Rashid Shaikh alias Mazhar
- Mohammad Takky Khan alias Abu Khalid
- Mushahed Ul-Islam
- Jamman Khutepad alias Abu Kital
- Salman Khan alias Abu Ubeda
- Fahad Ansari.
- The tenth accused is a minor.
The ATS also claimed that the arrested suspected was influenced by Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s ideology. “Several videos featuring Naik and his images have been recovered from the social media profiles of the accused,” The charge sheet said.
ATS also said in its charge sheet that all the arrested persons were in touch with the suspected foreign handlers and the accused had also made survey of the temple premises. Before the arrest, the accused involved in this team, Salman, Waris and Fahad had created explosives with the help of hydrogen peroxide.
It has also been mentioned in the charge sheet that in the arrested Mohsin Khan had created a group named Umat-e-Mohammedia on social media, where information related to IS was posted. In this group, only those people who were influenced by IS ideology were added.
The Police also said in chargesheet that They had learnt the process to make explosives and poison via ‘Military Science’ channel of Daesh on Telegram.