Terrorist pod Phulwari Sharif accused of receiving cryptocurrency from Qatar
On July 24, the Bihar police revealed that Marguv Ahmad Danish, the defendant in the Phulwari Sharif terrorist module case, had received funds in the form of cryptocurrency from Qatar. Danish was arrested by Bihar police on July 15 for his alleged involvement in setting up a terrorist module in Phulwari Sharif. He operated two WhatsApp groups named “Ghazwa-e-Hind” and “Direct Jihad” to propagate anti-Indian activities.
A police officer was quoted by The New Indian Express as saying: “Evidence, collected during the investigation, revealed that the Dane received funds in the form of cryptocurrency from the Alfalhi organization based in Qatar.” The National Investigation Agency is investigating the case. The officer further added: “Investigations also revealed that the Dane was linked to the Pakistan-based fundamentalist group Tehriq-e-Labbaiq. He was also in regular contact with Faizan, a Pakistani national.
During the investigation, the police discovered that he had sent messages that did not respect the national flag and the symbol of the group (Ghazwa-e-Hind). The terrorist module was dug up by the police on July 14. Three people were arrested by the police in this case. On July 20, the NIA carried out searches at several locations in Jamia Maria Niswa Madrasa, located in the East Champaran district of Bihar. They arrested a teacher named Asghar Ali in connection with the case. The NIA officially took over the case on July 23.
Terrorist module case in Bihar
In recent weeks, the Bihar police have dismantled several terrorist modules where young people were trained in the use of weapons. The training was provided by the dubious Islamist organization Popular Front of India (PFI). Reports suggested that they had opened several training centers in 12 districts of Bihar. Several raids took place in Patna, Muzaffarpur, Purnia, East Champaran, Motihari, Saran, Darbhanga and other districts.
Of note, one of the documents named “India vision 2047” which was recovered by the Bihar police speaks of “subduing the loose majority community” and bringing back the glory. According to the police, the document is very objectionable and speaks of the “rule of Islam in India”. “PFI is confident that even if 10% of the entire Muslim population rallies behind him, he will defeat the frightened majority group and restore glory,” police said, citing an excerpt from the eight-page document titled “ India Vision 2047″.
According to the police, the document further indicates that in the event of a full-fledged conflict with the state, in addition to relying on cadres, they would need the help of their friendly Islamic countries. “In recent years, PFI has established cordial ties with Turkey, the flag bearer of Islam,” the police chief quoted in the document.
The Minister of Finance had warned against the use of cryptocurrency in the financing of terrorism
In April 2022, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman warned that cryptocurrency could be used to finance terrorism in India. She had said that money laundering and terrorist financing were the main concerns when it comes to crypto transactions. Speaking at a digital currency seminar titled “Money at a Crossroad: Public or Private Digital Money?” on April 18, she spoke about the need for collective oversight of crypto transactions to ensure that cryptos are not being used to finance terrorism or money laundering.