Kerala: At least three suspects have been taken into custody by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and are being questioned in connection with the 2016 ISIS Kasaragod Module case. The NIA on Sunday carried out searches at the houses of three suspects, two in Kasaragod and one in Palakkad.

As per NIA, the suspects are likely to have links with some of accused in the said case who left India to join terrorist organisation ISIS and Daish. The investigation agency also seized digital devices and CDs of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik from the houses of the suspect.

Digital devices included mobile phones, SIM cards, memory cards, pen drives, diaries with handwritten notes in Arabic and Malayalam, untitled DVDs, CDs with religious speeches, books of Syed Kutheb.

The ISIS Kasaragod Module case came to light last year when the NIA busted an ISIS module in the said district and arrested a 25-year-old man named Habeeb Rahman. An investigation revealed that a group of 14 people had left India and their workplaces in Middle-East Asia, between mid-May and early July 2016,  to join the terror organisation.

On April 23, the NIA had arrested an ISIS sympathiser from Delhi named as Mohammad Faiz was arrested for allegedly conspiring to carry out blasts in Delhi-NCR and Uttar Pradesh. Faiz was a key member of Harkat-Ul-Harb-E-Islam, which is a pro-Islamic State module.

“The case pertains to the Harkat-Ul-Harb-E-Islam group of terrorists who formed a gang which was engaged in acts preparatory to the commission of terror attacks with a view to wage war against the government of India,” the NIA had said in a statement. On September 2018, the NIA had arrested Nashidul Hamzafar, an accused in the ISIS Kasargod case after he was deported from Kabul to New Delhi.

Hamzafar belongs to Kerala’s Kalpetta and was arrested in Afghanistan for illegally entering the country to join his associates in the ISIS.