NIA arrests 13 of the 14 suspected Islamic State sympathisers

The arrests were made following simultaneous searches and raids conducted at 12 locations in six cities.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 23, 2016 4:50 pm
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In a crackdown ahead of Republic Day, the NIA has arrested 13 suspected ISIS sympathisers for plotting attacks in different parts of the country.

Of the 14 suspects detained on Friday, 13 have been arrested, according to a Home Ministry spokesman.

The arrests were made following simultaneous searches and raids conducted at 12 locations in six cities–Bangalore, Tumkur, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Lucknow yesterday with the support of local police forces.

Circuits for detonating explosives were recovered during the searches.

The NIA said that certain incriminating articles, including but not limited to mobile phones, laptops, unaccounted cash, jihadi literature and videos and certain material for preparation of bombs were recovered from these places.

Also read | NIA picks up 14 Islamic State sympathisers from 6 cities in ‘anti-terror’ crackdown

“These individuals were planning and making efforts to establish a channel of procurement of explosives/weapons, identify locations to organize training camps including training of firearms, motivate new recruits to target police officers, foreigners in India and to carry out terrorist activities in various parts of India,” it said.

The NIA said it received information that certain individuals from different cities in the country were in the process of organizing themselves to commit terrorist acts in different parts of the country.

According to sources, the arrested people were part of a group named ‘Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind’ (Army of Caliph of India), a terror group which has almost similar ideologies that of ISIS.

They said the suspects had been under surveillance for quite sometime and the decision to arrest them was taken as the group received ‘instructions’ for carrying out ‘some sensational’ attacks in the country.

Also read | NIA crackdown: The alleged Islamic State sympathisers

The group had started receiving money through ‘hawala’ route and according to Home Ministry spokesman “Sheikh also received funds to the tune of Rs 6 lakh.”

All the arrested suspects were being brought to the national capital for detailed interrogation as preliminary enquiry indicated that they were working on evolving a terror outfit with ideologies similar to ISIS.

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  1. G
    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:29 am
    The Con Party sponsored "intellectuals" and "writers" will now return their awards in protest against the arrest of terror elements and the government's intolerance towards terrorism.
    1. A
      Jan 23, 2016 at 1:02 pm
      One of the 14 was somebody called Narendra Modi. Intelligence inputs(read precision intelligence) received recently says that the suspected STATE TERRORIST Narendra Modi met the head of another TERRORIST STATE Nawaz Shariff. It is said they both had conspired to attack an "ASIATIC POWER".
      1. O
        Mar 22, 2016 at 12:56 am
        Stupid. Go and suck your Di^k
        1. R
          Jan 23, 2016 at 9:47 am
          Why is Khujliwal, CONgress and award wapsi people silent on this issue??? That mad dog Khujli always has something to say about everything. Why he's not saying anything now? Made such a bg drama when a girl threw ink on him, but nothing to say about jihadis who want to kill Aam Aadmis and Indian soldiers? ..... The govt should return the awards that the award wapsi people returned, as protest for their tolerance of jihadis.
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            Abdul Aziz
            Jan 23, 2016 at 2:21 pm
            om arrest of Muslim Youth , bing them Terrorists instantly on TV breaking news , without any investigation and prosecution is unfair and biased act by Modi govt. There is a realistic data which shows large number of young Muslims are put in prison without trial or charge-sheet for years. Young Muslim men are often jailed for long periods on terror charges with fabricated and false evidence. This is a police shame and investigation scandal of enormous proportion for our nation. An immeasurable damage is done to the life’s of hundreds of innocent Muslim youth and their suffering families in the name of Sham terror investigation by ATS and police and now NIA.
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