Cracking down against terror ahead of Republic Day, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), in its nation-wide raids, held 14 suspected men alleged to be the sympathisers of terror syndicate Islamic State (ISIS). They were apprehended in nation-wide raids since the wee hours of Friday for allegedly plotting attacks in different parts of the country.
According to the reports, Union Home Ministry has confirmed that of the 14 suspects detained since Friday, 13 have been arrested.
The arrests were made following simultaneous searches and raids conducted at 12 locations in six cities — Bangalore, Tumkur, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Lucknow on Friday with the support of local police forces.
According to the reports based on initial probe, circuits for detonating explosives were recovered during the searches.
The central counter-terror agency NIA also claimed to have recovered certain incriminating articles, including but not limited to mobile phones, laptops, unaccounted cash, jihadi literature and videos and certain material for preparation of bombs were recovered from these places.
“These individuals were planning and making efforts to establish a channel of procurement of explosives/weapons, identify locations to organize training camps including training of firearms, motivate new recruits to target police officers, foreigners in India and to carry out terrorist activities in various parts of India,” the NIA said.
Giving the details of their operations, the NIA said it received information that certain individuals from different cities in the country were in the process of organizing themselves to commit terrorist acts in different parts of the country.
NIA added that the suspects were under surveillance for “quite sometime”.
The elite counter-terror agency also alleged that the group of suspects, held in the nation-wide raids, had started receiving money through hawala route.
All the arrested suspects were being brought to the national capital for detailed interrogation as preliminary enquiry indicated that they were working on evolving a terror outfit with ideologies similar to ISIS.
(With inputs from the PTI)