Man arrested in Mumbai for being alleged Islamic State ‘sympathiser’

The raids come at a time when there have been heightened intelligence reports that the ISIS is planning an attack in India

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai | Updated: January 22, 2016 4:39 pm
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In a joint operation conducted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Maharashtra ATS, Abdul Sheikh was arrested for being an alleged ‘sympathiser’ of the dreaded terrorist group Islamic State.

Sheikh, a resident of Mumbra, a satellite township of Mumbai, was produced in an NIA court and was booked under certain provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the Indian penal code.

NIA along with various state counter-terrorism agencies are carrying out nation-wide raids and there are reports that 14 people have been arrested in those raids.

The raids come at a time when there have been heightened intelligence reports that the ISIS is planning an attack in India through its sympathizers recruited online. Security has been strengthened in the national capital as well as in state capitals ahead of Republic Day. French President Francois Hollande will be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade this year.

(With inputs from Rashmi Rajput in Mumbai)

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    Mfeku MoNa
    Jan 22, 2016 at 11:09 pm
    And what abt RSS sympathisers who are real threat to w nation??
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    Apurba Putatunda
    Jan 22, 2016 at 12:36 pm
    He should be interrogated for extracting necessary information and killed mercilessly as soon as possible. They are enemy of our civil society.
  3. A
    Jan 22, 2016 at 12:33 pm
    What's with the quotes, dear Indian Express?? The world saw what these b*s*t*a*r*s can do, in Paris? Do you want us to fry to death before arrests are made? Sick reporting!!!
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    Me Marathi
    Jan 22, 2016 at 11:29 am
    There are hordes of islamic jihadi sympathizers on this forum also. Just matter of tracing the IP address and smoke them out !!
  5. R
    Jan 23, 2016 at 4:09 am
    It is time all secularists should stop pretending that there are no IS sympathizers in India. Ek thundho hazar milte hai Dur thundho p milte hai.There is no dearth of the traitors in the country.
  6. R
    Jan 23, 2016 at 4:02 am
    The " intolerant " brigade returning the awards should once again start returning whatever they are left with because arresting people with particular names is a sign of "intolerance" prevailing in the country and and all these "gentlemen" should ponder over the suggestions of their wise wives whether it is really safe to live in this country or move out to a better tolerant and safe country. For us "intolerant" natives, we do not exercise choice because we are proud of this country where we are born and would prefer to breath our last here only.
  7. R
    Jan 23, 2016 at 4:06 am
    The real threat not to the country only but to the entire humanity are now being arrested here and blasted out elsewhere by Putin,Obama,Francois and Cameron.
  8. S
    Jan 22, 2016 at 11:07 am
    As vigorously as these agencies can, hunt these sympathisers to ensure the safety of civilians who are unarmed and harmless. No let up, please.
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