The National Investigation Agency conducted searches on three operatives suspected to be part of the Islamic State in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Raids were conducted at Coimbatore and Alappuzha while probing its ISIS Omar-al-Hindi module case.
The three suspected are presently being examined by NIA sleuths and if anything incriminating is found against them, they could be arrested soon, the NIA has indicated.
NIA had received information that leader of this module – Shajeer Mangalassery, who had gone to ISIS territory in Afghanistan, using online identities Abu Ayisha or Sameer Ali, had been radicalizing vulnerable youth on the ideology of ISIS/ Daesh, over social media platforms and exhorting them to indulge in violent jihad in India.
NIA Inspector General Alok Mittal said that certain persons from Kerala and Tamil Nadu were in touch with the members of the ISIS/ Daesh terror module in this case, over internet based social media platforms and have been radicalized on the ideology of ISIS/ Daesh.
NIA conducted searches at houses and workplaces of such person as inputs were received that these three radicalised individuals were inclined to support and further the objectives of the proscribed terrorist organization ISIS/ Daesh.
During the search operations, the NIA recovered mobile phones, laptops, pen drives and hard disks. Several documents and manuscripts too were recovered during the search operations, the NIA said in a release.