‘Islamic State links’: All 14 put under arrest, officials say they learnt bomb-making from net

Officials say they planned to target key installations; ‘jihadi literature’ found.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 24, 2016 5:24 am
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The 14 men picked up by the NIA for alleged links with the Islamic State (IS) had learnt bomb-making from the internet, officials said. During searches, NIA investigators found pictures detailing bomb-making through use of readily available explosives such as hydrogen peroxide, ammonium nitrate and potassium chlorate.

Sources said these pictures have been downloaded from various jihadi websites, including those connected to the al-Qaeda. Notably, the NIA had Friday recovered five bottles of hydrogen peroxide along with timer devices and wires from the house of one of the accused in Hyderabad. It had also recovered a black powdery substance, suspected to be a low grade explosive.

The agency Saturday made eight more arrests in connection with its open FIR against the Islamic State, bringing the count of total arrests in the case to 14. The agency had already kept these men under detention for the past 24 hours and was questioning them.

The arrests have been made from Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Tumkur, Lucknow, Mumbai and Aurangabad. The agency has also recovered laptops, mobile phones, jihadi literature and pictures and videos linked to the Islamic State from the accused.

The eight accused, along with six others arrested on Friday, had owed allegiance to the Islamic State and were allegedly planning to carry out terror strikes on vital installations, police personnel and foreigners.

While the group was led by Mumbai resident Mudabbir Mushtaq Shaikh, one of the arrested men, Bengaluru-resident Abdul Ahad, has been known to have IS links in the past too. He, his family and two friends had been deported from Turkey last year for attempting to reach Syria to fight alongside IS. He had then been counselled and let off.

The entire group had been radicalised and guided by one Yousuf, who is suspected to be former Indian Mujahideen member Shafi Armar. Under his instructions, Mudabbir not only recruited people for jihadi activities but also formed an outfit named Junud-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind or Soldiers of the Indian Caliphate. While he was the self-appointed chief of the group, he also appointed two members as military commander and finance chief of the group. The group is also suspected to have received Rs 6 lakh from an unknown source for jihadi activities. Rs 2.37 lakh of this was recovered by the NIA on Friday.

Though every member of the group swears by the Islamic State, investigators have not yet got any indication or evidence of the group having been in touch with any active member or recruiter of the terror outfit. Investigators believe the group was self-motivated and only further radicalised by Shafi Armar, who used the name of Islamic State for the pull it generates. Although his brother Sultan Armar is reported to have died fighting alongside IS in Syria, Shafi is suspected to be based in Af-Pak region, said sources.

Investigators are scanning various hard disks, internet communications and laptops seized from the accused to see who all they have been in touch with and more clues to their links with the IS may emerge later, said sources.

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First Published on: January 24, 2016 12:20 am
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    chandan das
    Jan 23, 2016 at 10:58 am
    terrorist misquotes like isis,Haqqani Network and other bugs now giving headache to India.. time to show who we are "Ghus ke marne ka time hai India" with no mercy and people commenting about the Indian government i think they are the source for the terrorist who help them. All political parties first be an INDIAN then think about your politics....ek sath rahoge tho dushmano ki fategi.. we general public can understand this small thing ...when will u all understand?
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      Aap
      Jan 23, 2016 at 4:19 am
      These fools are wrong trend setters with misunderstanding. Death punishment for the real culprits is the only solution. Unfortunate it would take 20 years, waste money ..
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        Aap
        Jan 24, 2016 at 5:21 am
        Prove them guilty, behead/hang in public, set an example . Pl don't waste tax payers money.
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          Kanu Patel
          Jan 23, 2016 at 5:47 am
          PM may not get the success up to the mark at many fronts but if he gets success to curb the criminals ,the jehadis and the terrorists,he will be remembered as a successful and dynamic PM .
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            Mike
            Jan 24, 2016 at 3:34 am
            Jihadis fools-borrowed ideology from the Arab pirates.....and a mentally sick founder.....put them behind bars till they can no longer think
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              MyTake
              Jan 23, 2016 at 6:34 am
              Only after people have paid their Nehruvian Premium!
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                MyTake
                Jan 23, 2016 at 12:17 am
                This is first time India arresting some one before something happens! Normally it would be after the incident takes place and then again usually "found" some hidden RSS hand into it! Hope no one returns awards or shed any tears again!
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                  MyTake
                  Jan 22, 2016 at 7:14 pm
                  Don't spend resources just put to rest! That's what you do if you have a rabie attacked animal!
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                    Mytake
                    Jan 23, 2016 at 12:44 am
                    If anything this comes back to paying a premium for living in Nehruvian India that encouraged such forces!
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                      Pat
                      Jan 24, 2016 at 5:18 am
                      What have congress rogues netas have to say. This is how you want to destroy Indians shamelessy talking on soil against Pm,aiyar drunk goonda salman khurshid, shashi tharoor, azam khan, sonia, raoul, amir,sharuk,isis agents. You think we will allow you to rule us, never, God forbid, . India should join hands with Us, western countries, and super Israel, teach these human killers , they should leave India once they have joined isis, confiscate their properties, be it a stupidest amir sharukh, boycott them completely, let them find a tolerant muslim country.
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                        AJU
                        Jan 24, 2016 at 8:39 am
                        were you not spotted when Hemant karkare arrested your sanghis?? is modi govt planning to give Bharat ratna to them? No shock if it happens.Don't bark truth will come out .
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                          Asif
                          Jan 23, 2016 at 6:45 am
                          Brother atleast criminals of ABVP,RSS are national But these are cancer of ISLAM which needs to be weeded out .
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                            Asif
                            Jan 23, 2016 at 6:43 am
                            Shame on these people ,Jis desh mein khate hain usi ko barbad karte hain Defaming the name of Islam They all should be killed without wasting any time,they are the cancer of ISLAM sad to say but it is true
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                              S.Gonesh
                              Jan 22, 2016 at 3:21 pm
                              The w families must be put behind bars. Their pport and votingsrights also must taken away. Zero tolerance with anti-Hindus.
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                                dv1936
                                Jan 22, 2016 at 2:19 pm
                                A very good news, keep it up.
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                                  Mohammedpig
                                  Jan 24, 2016 at 5:44 pm
                                  Proud to be an Infidel.... Jai Porkistan!
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                                    Harish Kiran
                                    Jan 23, 2016 at 3:20 am
                                    Height of shamelessness.
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                                      Harish Kiran
                                      Jan 23, 2016 at 3:19 am
                                      Lol, that would be counterproductive to vote banks!
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                                        Harish Kiran
                                        Jan 23, 2016 at 3:16 am
                                        This reiterates that terrorism has no religion!
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                                          Hindu
                                          Jan 23, 2016 at 5:38 am
                                          Take these 14, apply WATER TREATMENT, get all the information as to which political leaders support them etc etc etc....THEN tie a 500kg rock and throw them in Bay of Bengal....if they dont drown then they are innocent.
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                                            George Cruz
                                            Jan 22, 2016 at 9:52 pm
                                            If one looks around the globe whether it be in stan, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria, and Libya the brainwashed Islamic Jihadis are beheading, terrorizing, murdering, and raping women as young as 8 years old based on the 7th century Islamic ideologies of Jihad and Sharia. And of course, India is not immune because there are many brainwashed Islamic Jihadis who get energised by the Friday prayers and are willing to commit terror and killing. Unfortunately, the communal congress party considers Muslims as a "Secular" in India, pseudo secular congress party judges pardon these Imic Jihadis of heinous crimes, and the communists, illiterate Rahul hi, TMC s blame the BJP
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