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Bharuch twin murders: Chargesheet filed against Dawood aide

NIA on Monday filed a supplementary charge sheet in a special court here against a South Africa- based aide of fugitive mobster Dawood Ibrahim in last year’s murder of two BJP leaders in Gujarat’s Bharuch district which it said was part of a “larger conspiracy to target persons belonging to a particular section of society”.

The document was submitted in the Court of Special NIA Judge P B Desai against Zahidmiyan Saikh, an absconding accused who originally hails from Bharuch. He is currently settled in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and is allegedly an associate of Dawood.

Zahidmiyan has been charged under sections 16, 18, 18 (B), 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups) of IPC.

NIA had on May 7 this year submitted charge sheet against 10 out of the 14 accused in the case. The anti-terror agency had then said charge sheets against two absconding accused –Zahidmiyan and Javed Patel–will be filed at a later date as probe against them was still continuing.

The Central agency has said its investigation revealed Zahidmiyan, a member of the “D-gang”, as referred to by an arrested accused, Mohmad Yunus, had asked the latter to “kill Hindus involved in the 2002 Gujarat riots”.

Zahidmiyan had contacted local modules in Bharuch as part of a “larger conspiracy to target persons belonging to a particular section of society, especially those with RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal or BJP background”, the agency said.

He instigated others “to kill Hindus in the name of Islam” and to “extort money for the D-gang”. Zahidmiyan also allegedly asked them “to identify some local churches as target for arson.” 
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