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Man held for questioning NIA raids
Tamil Nadu

Man held for questioning NIA raids

S.Murari

The Tamil Nadu police have arrested a Muslim from Tiruvarur in the Cauvery delta region for posting a  message on his Facebook page questioning the State-wide raids conducted by the National Investigation Agency(NIA) on suspected Muslim radicals following the arrest of 14 after their deportation from Dubai for allegedly raising funds for banned outfits like IS and Al Qaeda

The Muthupettai police in Tiruvarur district on Monday arrested a 39-year-old Thajudeen after he posted some messages on an instant messaging app disapproving of targeted raids on Muslims by the NIA on the orders of the Modi Government.

Thajudeen, charged that the NIA had been targeting Muslims as per the orders of the Union government. And yet, no one from the jamaath (group of Muslims) had questioned it, he wrote.

The NIA raided houses and offices of 14 deported men from Tamil Nadu and two others picked up in Chennai in follow-up action to  investigate if they were involved in raising fund or in finding recruits for Ansurallah, a Yemen based terror outfit as part of a larger plan to set up Islamic rule in India.

The raids on Chennai, Tirunelveli, Ramanathapuram and Madurai did not throw up any major evidence of their links. The officials only seized floppy disks and propaganda materials.

The Tamil Nadu Government, which toes the Centre’s line, got Thajudeen  arrested on the charge that his postings would incite riots(Sec 153 of IPC) and promote enmity between groups on grounds of religion, etc(Art 153-a).

He was produced before a magistrate court in Thiruthuraipoondi on Monday evening. The court remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days.