NIA Calls For Public Help to Locate Fugitives, List of 'Most Wanted' Includes Zakir Naik, Hafiz Saeed, Syed Salahuddin
Screenshot of a portion of "most wanted" list uploaded by NIA on its website | (Photo credits: http://www.nia.gov.in/most-wanted.htm)

New Delhi, October 20: The National Investigation Agency has called for public help to locate the "most wanted fugitives" who pose a threat before the nation. The agency has assured that anyone offering the NIA with information linked to the fugitives will be kept anonymous.

"NIA need your help in locating fugitives. If you have any information, please call at 011-24368800 or mail at assistance.nia@gov.in. Your identity shall be kept secret. Help us in making India safer," the NIA said in a statement issued on Twitter. NIA Arrests Ashraf Khandey, Key Accused in 2016 Nagrota Army Camp Attack Case.

The agency also posted a link of "most wanted fugitives", which includes controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, Jama'at-ud-Dawah head Hafiz Saeed, Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami supremo Ilyas Kashmiri, Lashkar-e-Taiba commander and 26/11 attacks plotter Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, among others. To check the full list, click here.

A chunk of the names listed in the NIA "Most Wanted List" are based in Pakistan. Notably, the government had in 2011 used diplomatic channels to submit a list before Islamabad, seeking cooperation in their extradition.

The then Pakistan government headed Yousuf Raza Gilani had assured their Indian counterparts of assisting them in cracking down on those involved in the 26/11 terror attack. Since then, however, Pakistan has failed to act against several jihadi ideologues who have been booked by the Indian agencies for planning, sponsoring a nd orchestrating the attack in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, which claimed 165 lives and left over 300 injured.