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NIA raids in TN over suspected terror links
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NIA raids in TN over suspected terror links

Agency News

Nagapattinam, Jul 13: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday searched the houses of two persons over their suspected links with Wahdathe Islami Hind, a radical Islamic organization in Nagapattinam, as part of the International probe into the Easter Day suicide bombings in Sri Lanka.

Police sources said the NIA sleuths conducted searches in the houses of Hassan Ali of Sikkal and Harris Mohammed of Manjakollai in Nagapattinam district and seized pen drive, mobile phones and hard disk drives etc.

The searches that began at 0900 hrs lasted till this evening.

Both of them were taken to the Office of the Superintendent of Police, where the duo was grilled by senior officials on their suspected links with banned Islamic outfits.

The NIA was also probing whether the duo was plotting to attack any Hindu leaders in Tamil Nadu.

The Uttar Pradesh-based Wahdathe Islami Hind is believed to be the off-shoot of SIMI, a banned Islamist outfit. It has operations in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It conducts religious seminars and sessions in various parts of Tamil Nadu.

It may be recalled that the NIA has busted an ISIS module in South India after the Colombo terror attacks, taking into custody six persons from Coimbatore on June 12.

The accused and their associates were propagating the ideology of proscribed terrorist organization ISIS on social media with the intention of recruiting vulnerable youths into the ISIS for carrying out terrorist attacks in South India, especially Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The prime accused Mohammed Azarudeen has been the leader of the module and has been maintaining the Facebook page named “KhilafahGFX,” through which he had been propagating the ideology of ISIS. (UNI)