NIA searches multiple Kerala locations in ISIS module terror attacks case
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday claimed to have busted a terror module of ISIS in Kerala, averting possible attacks on places of worship and leaders of certain communities. While one member of the module was arrested from Tamil Nadu, searches were carried out at four locations on suspected accused in Kerala, a spokesperson of the federal anti-terror agency said.
Terming the busting of the module of proscribed global terror group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, as a “major success”, the agency said that based on credible inputs and investigations, an intelligence-led joint operation with Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Kerala Police, was carried out at four locations following the arrest of one accused. The raids were conducted at three locations in Thrissur and one in Palakkad districts of Kerala to bust the ISIS module, which had been conducting reconnaissance missions and conspiring to commit terrorist attacks, the spokesperson said.
On Tuesday, the NIA successfully tracked and arrested an accused, Ashif alias “Mathil Akath Kodayil Ashraf“, from his hideout near Sathyamangalam, Tamil Nadu. “The next day (July 19), searches were conducted in the houses of Ashif, as well as three others, identified as Seyid Nabeel Ahammed, Shiyas T S of Thrissur, and Rayees of Palakkad. Digital devices and incriminating documents were seized during these raids,” the spokesperson said.
According to NIA officials, the main accused Ashif did robbery of Rs.30 lakh from Palakkad to join ISIS and was hiding in the Satyamangalam forest region in Tamil Nadu. He created a group to conduct robbery. A group named “Pet Lovers” on Telegram Channel. Ashif was earlier caught in a murder case. And investigators are on search of his another accomplice.
The NIA said the module had been engaged in raising funds for promoting ISIS activities and carrying out terror attacks by committing dacoities and other criminal activities. “They were conspiring to commit terrorist activities and had already conducted a recce of a few prominent places, including places of worship and leaders of certain communities in the State (Kerala). It aimed to spread terror and trigger a communal divide in the state,” the spokesperson said. The official said the investigations in the case, registered on July 11 under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, are continuing.
NIA arrests Aligarh University student
In another development, NIA arrested an Aligarh University student. The NIA conducted searches in two states in Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh and arrested a student of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in UP for allegedly conspiring to carry out violent terror attacks in the country on behalf of the terror outfit Islamic State (IS). The arrested individual has been identified as Faizan Ansari a.k.a. Faiz. During the searches, several electronic devices, incriminating materials, and documents were seized.
Faizan had allegedly hatched a criminal conspiracy, along with his associates and other unknown individuals, through social media platforms to support IS activities in India and disseminate the outfit’s propaganda across various social media platforms.
NIA arrests Aligarh Muslim University student working as ISIS operative
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