Madurai, Jul 20 : National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday conducted raids in multiple locations across Tamil Nadu in connection with the Islamic State (IS) inspired terror module “Ansarulla” that was planning to carry out terrorist attacks in India with the intention of establishing Islamic rule.
Police sources said the raids were going on in Muslim-dominated Melapalayam locality in Tirunelveli, Madurai, Theni, Ramanathapuram and among other locations. The anti-Terror raids were going on at the houses of 14 men, who were arrested by the NIA after they were deported from UAE for allegedly raising funds to set up a cell of the IS in the country.
The 14 men operate in different names including Wahadat-e-Islam, Jamaath Wahadat-e-Islam, Al Jihadiye and Jihadist Islamic Unit, having links with different terror groups. The accused persons have been actively recruiting individuals to strike terror in India and have also been routinely posting videos and other Jihadi propaganda material exhorting their supporters to carry out lone-wolf attacks using vehicles, knives or even poison.
In Madurai, the NIA team raided the house of M.Mohammed Sheik Maitheen (40), one of the accused arrested in the Ansarullah case in Narimedu and that of his in-laws at Nelpettai. The NIA also questioned Maitheen’s mother and wife. The NIA also carried out searches at Kombai in Theni. Reports reaching here said five separate teams of NIA searched the houses of five accused at Kilakarai and Thanichiyam in Ramanathapuram district.
The five men were identified as A.Rafi Ahamed (55), J.M.Jafarullah Khan (40), I.M.Shahul Hameed (41), U.Faisal Sherif (44) and S.Farook.The NIA sleuths were collecting details of those who were in regular and close contacts with all the five accused and checking their past history, the sources added. (UNI)