New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) carried out fresh searches at several places in the national capital and questioned a few people in connection with its probe into the new Islamic State module of Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam. Also Read - PDP's Waheed Parra Remanded to 15-Day NIA Custody for Alleged Connections with Hizbul Mujahideen
A senior NIA official said that the agency had carried out searches at few places in east Delhi’s Jafarabad area on Sunday. The official said that the agency had also questioned few suspects. As per NIA, this group was preparing for a terror attack. The group named Haqat-Ul-Herb-e-Islam was inspired by ISIS. Now, the probe agency has done a fresh raid after a tip-off from suspected terrorist Mufti Sohail. Also Read - 2 Jaish-e-Mohammed Terrorists Arrested in Delhi Given 5 Days Police Remand
The NIA’s search comes within four days after it arrested 10 people including the group head Mufti Mohammad Suhail as they were allegedly planning terror attacks targeting some political personalities and security establishments as well as crowded places in Delhi and the national capital region (NCR). Also Read - Bengaluru Riots: NIA Conducts Searches at 43 Locations, Including at SDPI Offices
Earlier NIA had raided 17 places in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and had nabbed 10 people. The investigative agency had termed Amroha mosque’s Maulvi as the head of this extremist group. Mufti Sohail is a resident of Amroha, UP and was staying in Delhi’s Jafarabad.
The NIA had earlier recovered a country-made rocket launcher, 12 pistols, 112 alarm clocks, 100 mobile phones, 135 SIM cards, many laptops and various electronic gadgets, besides recovering 150 rounds of ammunition during the searches.
The NIA had also seized 25 kg of explosive material, such as potassium nitrate, ammonium nitrate, sulphur, sugar material paste, mobile phone circuits, batteries, 51 pipes, remote control car triggering switch, wireless digital doorbell for remote switch, steel containers, electric wires, knife, sword, IS-related literature and Rs 7.5 lakh in cash.
Besides Suhail, the NIA arrested Saeed, 28, Raees Ahmed, Saqib Iftekar, 26 and Mohammad Irshad from Amroha.
Among the other accused are Anas Yunus, 24, a B Tech student of Amity University in Noida, Rashid Zafar Raq, 23, Zubair Malik, 20 and his brother Zaid Malik, 22 and Mohammad Azam, 35, from Delhi’s Jafarabad area.
(With agency inputs)