NIA to probe IS suspects detained in Hyderabad

RSTV Bureau
File photo of NIA team investigating a site after an attack. Photo-PTI

File photo of NIA team investigating a site after an attack.
Photo-PTI

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will now start a probe against six suspected Islamic State (IS) terror group members, who were detained on Wednesday from Old City in Hyderabad.

Official said that five others arrested accused will also be presented before special NIA court in Nampally (Hyderabad) on Thursday.

“The six detained persons were released and summoned again today (Thursday) afternoon for further examination. Their role is being scrutinised,” said an NIA official in Hyderabad.

These people were detained by the joint team National Investigation Agency officers from Delhi and few senior officers of Hyderabad police on Wednesday after they received a sound intelligence about planned attacks in several crowded spots in Hyderabad.

The joint team has arrested five terror suspects and detention six others who planned attacks in High-tech city area. Police believe that the new independent module came into existence about one year ago when the prime suspect and techie Ibrahim Yazdani returned from Saudi Arabia.

Logo of National Investigation Agency

Logo of National Investigation Agency

NIA officers confirm that all suspects have inclination towards, sympathisers of IS and aged between 20 and 42.

“They were allegedly plotting bomb attacks and indiscriminate firing on shopping malls and crowded places in the city,” said an NIA officer.

Raiding teams recovered two .9 mm pistols, 23 mobile phones, Rs 15 lakh in cash, few Improvised Explosive Devises, ammonium nitrate used in bomb making) during the raid.

The NIA teams found that repeated calls were made to foreign countries that are under the IS hold. The calls were traced to Hafeezbaba Nagar, Shah Ali Banda and Hussaini Alam areas.

According to police sources, Ibrahim Yazdani and Habeeb Mohammed were prime suspects in the case, who maintained regular communication with the IS. They all used to gather at A1 Net World to discuss their agenda.

Ibrahim also used other modes of communication for this purpose. A few days ago, some of the detainees even practiced shooting in remote areas in Chandrayangutta and Bandlaguda areas, the sources said.

Despite the police seizing explosive material from the possession of the suspects, parents of some of the detainees claimed that their children were innocent.

They reached the NIA nodal office at Begumpet and demanded that the teams allow them to meet their children. The officials, however, said investigation was on and detainees were being questioned to find out their role in the conspiracy.