A key suspect linked to Zahran Hashim has been arrested in Tamil Nadu as Indian investigators continued raids to arrest suspects linked to the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.
The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) carried out fresh raids at three places in Coimbatore today (Thursday) at 4:30 am in the morning, Times Now reported.
On Wednesday, raids were held in seven locations and one person Azarudeen, who is a Facebook friend of the Sri Lanka Easter bombings mastermind, Zahran Hashim, was arrested.
As per the initial reports, Mohammed Azarudeen is the leader of the module and has been maintaining the Facebook page named ‘KhilafahGFX’, through which he had been disseminating ISIS ideology.
During Wednesday’s raid the NIA also uncovered PFI-SDPI link to the ISIS module and seized 14 mobile phones, 29 SIM cards, 10 pen drives, three laptops, six memory cards, four hard disc drives, one internet dongle and 13 CDs/ DVDs apart from one dagger, one electric baton, 300 air-gun pellets and a large number of incriminating documents from the houses and workplaces of accused persons.
The NIA believes that the group was recruiting local youths through social media to join the Islamic State for carrying out terrorist attacks in South India especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
The NIA had registered cases on May 30 against the six people following information that they were allegedly propagating the ideology of terrorist organisation ISIS/Daish on social media. All the accused whose residences and workplaces were raided were questioned by the NIA.
The presence of Islamic State modules in the country is a serious cause of concern for the investigative agency. After losing ground in Syria and Iraq, the terrorist outfit has fixed its eyes on South Asia and has already been active in Bangladesh followed by Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka witnessed one of the worst terror attacks in the country after 250 people were killed in suicide bombings in the island nation. While Sri Lankan jihadist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) carried out the attack the IS claimed responsibility for it. (Colombo Gazette)