The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday busted a new module of alleged Islamic State (IS) sympathisers in Hyderabad that had more than a dozen members.
At least six members were arrested and some detained for questioning from the module that was under the watch of the intelligence agencies for some time.
The new group of alleged IS members wanted to carry out strikes in Hyderabad and was also planning to incite riots by throwing beef in temples in the city, investigators said.
“The NIA with the help of local police has conducted searches at 10 locations in Hyderabad city today morning. The searches have been going on. Weapons, explosives’ material and huge cash have been recovered so far. Further details will follow,” NIA inspector general Sanjiv Singh said about the operation.
Searches were conducted in Moghulpura, Chandrayangutta, Mir Chowk and Bhavaninagar in the old city area of Hyderabad.
The earlier groups of the IS sympathisers busted by the probe agencies across the country could not manage to get weapons or fabricate Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
“But once the sympathisers managed to procure weapons and fabricate IEDs, they were picked up,” a senior government official said.
“This was the first group that managed to get weapons and IEDs,” he said.
According to sources, the Hyderabad-based module was in contact with similar groups spread across the country through social networking and they were planning to target VIPs.
NIA officials left for Delhi along with the arrested men, police sources said.
Earlier this year, NIA arrested two suspected IS operatives in Hyderabad and has arrested more than 30 IS sympathisers so far across the country. According to intelligence sources, more than 100 Indians are under constant watch due to their leanings towards the IS.