BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: For the first time, Indian terror probe agency NIA has registered a case in an attack outside the country in which, it claims, Indian nationals were involved.
On March 25 this year, gunmen had stormed inside a gurudwara in the Shor Bazar area of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, opened fire killing 27 devotees and injuring several others. At least 150 people were inside the gurudwara when the attack took place. An Indian citizen, Tian Singh, resident of Greater Kailash in Delhi, was among the dead.
After initial investigation, NIA sleuths found that one Mohammed Muhsin (29) from Trikkaripur in Kasargod, Kerala, was among the three attackers. A senior NIA official said there are indications that more than one Indian could have been involved in the terror activity.
According to the NIA, another suspect is Sajid Kuthirummal, a shopkeeper from Kasaragod. He is part of the group of 21 men and women that left India in 2016 to join the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP) of Afghanistan.
On April 1, NIA registered a case (u/s 120B, 125 of IPC and 16,18,20 & 38 of UAPA) under the provisions of Section 6(8) of the NIA Act and started investigation into the terror attack on the gurudwara in Kabul.
This is the first case of its kind which NIA has registered as the recent amendments in NIA Act have empowered the agency to investigate terror cases which are committed in any place of the world impacting Indian interests.