Thane: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested a man having alleged links with the proscribed international terrorist organisation ISIS from Mumbra in Thane district of Maharashtra on Saturday. The development comes three days after nine ISIS ‘suspects’ were nabbed by the team on the basis of specific inputs.
The ATS team has recovered several indiscriminating material from him which include a laptop, tablet, hard disk, pen-drives, router, some mobile phones and diaries.
The agency had on January 23 taken nine persons in custody from Mumbra and Aurangabad over suspicion of them having alleged links with the ISIS. The breakthrough came a few days ahead of the Republic Day 2019.
Post the searches in Amrut Nagar, Kausa, Moti Baug and Almas Colony areas in Thane’s Mumbra township and in Aurangabad’s Kaisar Colony, Rahat Colony and Damdi Mahal areas, nine persons were arrested.
Certain chemicals, powder, mobile phones, hard drives SIM cards, acid bottle, sharp knives etc. were seized during the searches. Meanwhile, a case has been registered under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.
In December last year, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had busted an ISIS-inspired terror group planning suicide attacks and serial blasts targeting politicians and government installations in Delhi and parts of north India and arrested 10 suspects.
The searches were carried out across 17 locations in Delhi and Meerut, Lucknow and Amroha in Uttar Pradesh. During the operation, a huge cache of handmade weapons, including a yet to be tested rocket launcher, material for suicide vests, 12 locally made pistols, hundreds of live rounds of bullets, 100 mobiles and 135 SIM cards were recovered. Besides, Rs 7.5 lakh in cash, 100 alarm clocks to be used as timer devices for bombs and 25 kilograms of bomb making ingredients — potassium nitrate, potassium chlorate, sugar paste and sulphur – were also recovered.