New Delhi, Jun 10 : Delhi Police today chargesheeted 17 accused, 12 of whom are absconding, for allegedly conspiring, recruiting Indian youths and establishing a base of terror outfit Al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). In its final report filed before Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh, Special Cell of Delhi Police charged the five arrested accused — Mohd Asif, Zafar Masood, Mohd Abdul Rehman, Syed Anzar Shah and Abdul Sami — for alleged offences under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Also Read - Pakistan Lifts Ban On TikTok

They were arrested between December 2015 and January 2016 from different parts of the country. All 17 have been chargesheeted for alleged offences under sections 18 (punishment for conspiracy), 18-B (punishment for recruiting of any person or persons for terrorist act) and 20 (Punishment for being member of terrorist gang or organisation) of the UAPA. Also Read - As India Boosts Security at LoC, Pakistan’s ISI Tells LeT and Hizbul chiefs to Push Militants into Valley

The probe agency has alleged that terror outfit Al-Qaeda was trying to set up its base in India under the banner of Al-Qaeda in Indian Sub Continent (AQIS) and some youths from districts of western Uttar Pradesh had already left India and joined its cadre in Pakistan. It claimed that and one of the modules of the outfit was active in Sambhal district in Uttar Pradesh. (ALSO READ: Somailia: Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab claims deadly car bombing on Mogadishu hotel) Also Read - Safdar Awan, Nawaz Sharif's Son-in-law, Arrested in Karachi After Wife Maryam's Fiery Speech

It alleged that the accused were in touch with terrorists from Pakistan, Iran and Turkey via social media and mobile phones, and they had visited these countries and had also financed AQIS and motivated the youths for ‘Jehad’. Besides the five arrested accused, the agency also charged 12 others who are at large and the court had earlier issued non-bailable warrant against them.

The absconding accused are Syed Akhtar, Sanaul Haq, Mohd Sharjeel Akhtar, Usman, Mohd Rehan, Abu Sufiyan, Syed Mohd Arshiyan, Syed Mohd Zishan Ali, Sabeel Ahmed, Mohd Shahid Faisal, Farhatullah Ghori and Mohd Umar. The FIR in the present case was registered after arrest of Asif on December 14 last year.