NIA conducts search operations at five locations Coimbatore over ISIS module case

The raids were in connection with persons suspected to have connections with terror organisations. The action follows a high alert issued in the state last week following intelligence inputs about infiltration by six Lashkar men from Pakistan via the Sri Lanka route.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday searched five locations in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district, said police.(ANI/Twitter)
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday searched five locations in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district, said police.(ANI/Twitter)
Updated on Aug 29, 2019 07:00 PM IST
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Chennai | ByM Manikandan

The National Investigation Agency on Thursday conducted searches at five places in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore in connection with the ISIS Kerala-Tamil Nadu module case in which the warrants were issued by a special court in Ernakulam.

One laptop, five mobile phones, four SIM cards, one memory card and eight CDs/CVCs and large numbers of incriminating documents have been seized.

“The seized digital devices will be subjected to forensic examination. The suspects are being examined regarding their association with the arrested accused persons and their involvement in the conspiracy, intended at furthering the objectives of ISIS/ Daish,” said a NIA statement.

The case was registered by the NIA on May 30, 2019, against six accused persons from Coimbatore city. “The case was filed based on the information that these individuals and their associates were propagating the ideology of the proscribed terrorist organization ISIS/ Daish on social media with the intention of recruiting vulnerable youth into this outfit and carrying out terrorist attacks in South India especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu,” NIA said.

The agency had earlier conducted searches at the houses of six accused persons on June 12 this year. After the searches, two persons—Mohammed Azarudheen and Shiek Hidayathulla— were arrested.

“It was also learnt that some of the accused persons and their associates were in touch with the Sri Lankan ISIS/ Daish leader Zahran Hashim, and his accomplices, over social media, with the intention of furthering the objectives of the ISIS/ Daish in India,” the NIA statement added.

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