Lucknow:Two suspected IS operatives sent to jail, NIA to seek their custody
The NIA is likely to apply for their police custody to question them about their links with the self-radicalised IS module busted in March.lucknow Updated: Jul 27, 2017 14:55 IST
The two suspected Islamic State (IS) operatives, arrested from Kanpur by National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday, were sent to jail after a city court remanded them in 30-day judicial custody on Wednesday.
The NIA is likely to apply for their police custody to question them about their links with the self-radicalised IS module busted in March.
The NIA officials claimed that one of the two suspects Asif Iqbal is the cousin of Saifullah, who was gunned down in encounter with security agencies in Kanpur on March 7.
The officials also claimed he was involved in the plan to plant a bomb during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Aishbagh Ram Lila ground on Dusshera last year (October 11, 2016) but the security agencies foiled the attempt.
The second suspect Mohammed Atif was allegedly involved in supplying firearms to the group, the officials said. He was quizzed by the NIA in March but released after no substantial evidence was found against him at the time.
A source said the central agency produced them in the court of the district magistrate, Lucknow. They were sent to the Lucknow district jail after being remanded in judicial custody till August 24.
He said the NIA team had been keeping vigil on four youths of Kanpur after taking over the investigation in March this year. He said Mohammed Atif’s role was under suspicion since the beginning but the agency initially had no substantial evidence to arrest him.
The source said Atif’s role was confirmed in firearms apply when it cross-checked with Asif Iqbal, who had confessed to planting a bomb during the PM’s visit to Aishbagh Ram Lila ground on Dusshera.
The Kanpur-based self radicalised IS module was busted after a pipe bomb blast on the Bhopal-Ujjain express on March 7. Saifullah, allegedly the group’s main shooter and second-in-command, was holed up in a rented house in Haji colony of Kakori and gunned down after a 12-hour gunfight with ATS commandos that day. Nearly seven people including the group leader, Atif Muzaffar and key motivator, Gaus Mohammed Khan were arrested in the matter.