I want to start my life anew, says freed man picked up by NIA on terror charges

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I want to start my life anew, says freed man picked up by NIA on terror charges

In December 2018 Rais Ahmed was picked up from Amroha, UP on terror charges.

I don't want to say anything. I am satisfied after coming home. I hope my brother comes soon," said Rais Ahmed, a native of Saidpur village in western Uttar Pradesh. Ahmed was arrested on terror charges by National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Earlier this month Rais Ahmed was released from Tihar Jail as the investigating agency was not able to prove the terror charges.

Rais was arrested in December 2018 after NIA conducted raids in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi and arrested 14 suspects of Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam (Movement for War of Islam), a terror group inspired by the Islamic State (IS)

Later on June 21 NIA filed chargesheets against 10 suspects. But the investigating agency did not file chargesheets under terror charges against four accused -- Mohammad Irshad, Rais Ahmed, Jaid Malik and Mohammad Azam.

After spending six months in jail the four finally got bail in early July.

Rais and his elder brother Shahid were arrested from their shop in Amroha. Shahid is still in jail. Their father died after they were arrested on terror charges.

Rais said, "I want to start my life anew. Our shop is closed. I don't want to comment on what happened in the past. I am satisfied that I came back from jail."

"NIA took me from my shop. They also took a car jack and they kept asking me from where I got the jack," he said adding that after he went to jail he came to know that he was arrested on terror charges. When asked NIA said that the jack was used in making rocket launchers.

Rais said he never met Mufti Mohammad Suhail who, according to an NIA press release, "was the amir of pro-IS module, who mobilised funds and procured weapons, ammunition and explosive materials to prepare IEDs etc. with other associates."

On June 21, NIA filed chargesheets against the 10 arrested men under Sections 120B, 121, 121A, 122 of IPC, Sections 17, 18, 18B, 20, 21, 23, 38 and 39 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Sections 4 and 5 of Explosives Substances Act, and Sections 25, 26 and 29 of the Arms Act. Investigation against three more accused continues.

NIA had registered a case on December 20, 2018, against Mufti Mohammad Suhail and others on the allegation that Suhail has formed a pro-IS module with others to commit terror activities and the module is amassing weapons and explosives.

They had named the module Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam. The group wanted to establish an Islamic caliphate in India by resorting to large-scale terror attacks in and around National Capital Region. The group carried out reconnaissance of some locations in and around NCR.