New Delhi: D-Company, led by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, “wanted to spread communal tension in the country by attacking religious leaders, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leaders and churches”, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has claimed.
The agency will file a chargesheet on Saturday against 10 members of D-Company who were assigned to “create unrest” and target RSS leaders and churches, a plan hatched soon after Narendra Modi-led BJP came to the power in 2014, sources said.
As part of the “larger conspiracy”, D-Company sharpshooters killed two right-wing leaders — Shirish Bangali and Pragnesh Mistry —in Bharuch (Gujarat) on November 2, 2015. The shooters were arrested and they claimed that the RSS leaders were killed to avenge the hanging of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts accused Yakub Memon.
However, during probe, the NIA found that D-Company members — Pakistan-based Javed Chikna and South Africa-based Zahid Miyan alias ‘Jao’ — not only masterminded the killing of Hindu leaders but had also planned attacks on religious leaders and churches so that there was “largescale communal tension in the country”. They had even prepared a list of BJP-RSS members to be targeted.
The NIA recently approached Interpol to trace Chikna in Pakistan, arrest him and hand him over to India. It also sent judicial requests (letters rogatory) and MLAT (mutual legal assistance treaty) requests to Pakistan, Nepal, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the US.
Sources said in its chargesheet, the anti-terror agency will name 10 D-Company members, including seven arrested last year — Haji Patel, Mohammad Yunus Shaikh, Abdul Samad, Abid Patel, Mohammad Altaf, Mohsin Khan and Nisar Ahmed. Abid Patel is reportedly Javed Chikna’s brother and was paid Rs 50 lakh for killing Mistry and Bangali.
Sources said Javed Chikna and Zahid Miyan will also be named in the chargesheet. They added that Dawood would not be mentioned in the chargesheet but if evidence of his role came up, he would be named in a supplementary chargesheet. Red corner notices have already been issued against Chikna, with his latest photograph, and ‘Jao’. Chikna’s name is on the list of 48 most wanted criminals, including Hafiz Saeed and Dawood which India gave Pakistan in 2011 and several times after that, seeking their return.
The plan was to attack churches and religious leaders. RSS netas were also on the hit list and two rightwing activists were shot in Bharuch, Gujarat, says NIA.