The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) probing the Parbhani module of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) suspects that more people could be involved with the Parbhani module. After questioning Raisuddin Siddique, a teacher from Hingoli who was arrested on Monday for his alleged links to the Parbhani ISIS module, the ATS is going to question a few more people.
Siddique was the fourth arrest by the Maharashtra ATS in its ongoing nationwide crackdown against ISIS recruits. On Friday, he along with Shahid Khan, 24, an ITI drop-out and Iqbal Ahmed Kabir Ahmed, 28, were remanded in police custody until August 22. Naser Bin Yafai Chaus, a 31-year-old contractor from Parbhani was also arrested on July 14.
Police have questioned those working in Siddique’s school and have also seized computers. Siddique was suspended from his school.
ATS investigators said Chaus was in touch with one Farooque from Syria through various social networking sites. Farooque sent him a few links that helped him prepare the bomb. A low-intensity improvised explosive device (IED) – prepared using a potent mix of matchstick powder, sulphur, charcoal , urea and potassium nitrate with shrapnel embedded in it ‘to cause extra damage’ – was recovered from Shahid’s ancestral home. The bomb was assembled at Iqbal’s residence and they wanted to carry out a lone-wolf attack to avenge the killing of an alleged SIMI operative Khalil Qureshi, 20, who was killed in an encounter by the Aurangabad ATS official in April 2012. The first attack was to be carried out by Shahid and if he was unsuccessful in his mission, then Iqbal was the alternative carry out the blast, said a source.