The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday conducted raids at three locations in Hyderabad in its Islamic State module probe and recovered 17 live ammunition besides computers and scanners which were used for online communication. The raids were conducted at places where men, arrested recently for suspected terror links to ISIS, had stayed.
According to the NIA, the premises of one of the arrested operatives Ibrahim was searched at Talab Katta from where a computer and scanner were seized. The equipment were allegedly used by those arrested to keep in touch with other suspected members of the IS.
At the instance of Ibrahim, the anti-terror probe agency carried out searches at the residence of another accused Habeeb in Barkas area of Hyderabad and recovered 17 live rounds of 9 mm calibre.
The NIA conducted searches at Bhawani Nagar in Talab Katta where another computer and scanner were seized, officials said, adding one of the arrested operatives Ilyas told his interrogators that the system was used to scan the written ‘oath of allegiance’ to the IS Caliph the group had signed scanned and mailed to their handler.
The group had given itself ‘Kunyat’ (aliases) for organisational purposes and also assigned tasks among themselves.
Rizwan was coded as ‘Abu Hasan’ and assigned the job of ‘Mahasib’ (account keeper), Ibrahim got the name ‘Abu Abdur Rahman’ who was tasked to be ‘Raa’bit’ (communcation incharge), Illyas Yazdani was ‘Abu Mansoor’ and was the religious affairs incharge.
Habeeb Mohammed assumed the alias of ‘Abu Shaiba’ and was the ‘Askari’ (in-charge of matters relating to firearms), while Fahad became ‘Abu Haleema’ and was yet to be assigned any task when they were arrested.
The agency has alleged that the five had acquired weapons and explosive materials to carry out terrorist attacks and were in touch with the banned Islamic State. They were getting directions for planning and executing terrorist activities from IS, which has captured various towns and cities in Iraq and Syria.
Earlier, the NIA detained 11 people for suspected terror links to ISIS in raids which it conducted at several places in Hyderabad, out of which five were sent to 12-day custody.
NIA sources said that they had information that 5 of those detained on Wednesday were involved in terrorist activities. An FIR was registered against them on June 22.
Those five people were identified as Mohammad Illiyas Yazdani, Mohammad Ibrahim, Habib Mohd, Mohammad Irfan, Abdullah Bin Ahmad, according to the NIA.
Rs 15 lakh cash, a 9 mm pistol, an air gun and chemicals used in highly explosive devices were recovered from the suspects. The NIA also seized a few training materials during the searches.