The National Investigation Agency(NIA), which on Saturday conducted simultaneous raids on the homes of 14 men from Tamil Nadu deported from Dubai and arrested in New Delhi and two more held in Nagapattinam, said these suspects planned to a terror module and carry out attacks for establishment of Islamic rule in India.
The raids came after a special NIA court in Chennai gave eight-day custody for the 14 and based on the information provided by them two were arrested from Nagapattinam.
The NIA officials said the suspects were raising funds for Yemen-based Ansarullah, a terror outfit linked to internationally banned ISIS and Al Qaeda. It was learnt that both were deported from Dubai precisely for this reason. The NIA said these suspects, who had been staying in Dubai for 32 years, planned to set up Ansarullah’s module in Tamil Nadu.
Following their interrogation, the NIA arrested two more men in Nagapattinam - Harish Muhammad and Hassan Ali. It said Hassan Ali was recruiting people for ISIS. He also posted videos asking his supporters to launch strikes using vehicles as weapons, or with explosives, poison and knives, sources said.