New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday arrested two people with links to suspected Islamic State operative Saifullah, who was killed in a shootout with security forces in Lucknow in March this year, officials said.Also Read - Dengue, Viral Fever Outbreak Wreaks Havoc Across India, Nearly 300 Patients Hospitalised in UP's Kanpur | Key Points
The two identified as Mohammad Atif and Asif Iqbal were arrested from Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur, officials said. Both accused are residents of Kanpur. Also Read - UP Rains: 24 Dead in 3 Days as Walls, Houses Collapse Due to Heavy Rain in Uttar Pradesh
According to NIA officials, Iqbal and Atif have been arrested under the charges of planning terrorist attacks and to wage waging war against the country. Also Read - First Visuals of Ram Temple Site in Ayodhya Showcased, Check Latest PICS Here
According to the counter-terror agency, Atif provided weapons and ammunition to Saifullah while Iqbal was said to be a part of the module. Saifullah was said to be a member of the ISIS Khorasan module.
Iqbal became a member of the proscribed organisation and took oath of allegiance and associated himself with other accused in furtherance of the conspiracy, the NIA said.
Both were linked to Saifullah, who was killed in an anti-terror operation in Lucknow early on March 8. Saifullah was shot dead by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad in Thakurganj area after a siege operation that went on for nearly 12 hours following a blast on the Bhopal-Ujjain train on March 7.
Earlier, the NIA has arrested three persons — Mohammad Faisal, Gauss Mohammad Khan and Mohammad Azhar — in connection with the case.
Both the arrested accused would be produced before the NIA Special Court in Lucknow, the official said.
This is published unedited from the IANS feed.