Chennai: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has carried out searches at ten locations in Tamil Nadu in connection with a terror case. The search was carried out in the residences of the ten accused people at Muthupet, Keelakarai, Devipattinam, Lalpet and Salem, reported ANI. Also Read - NIA Takes Over Probe Into Israel Embassy Blast in Delhi

During the search, a number of digital devices, including three laptops, three hard discs, 16 mobile phones, eight SIM cards, two pen drives, five memory cards and one card reader, besides two knives and a large number of incriminating documents were seized. Also Read - Israel Embassy Blast: NIA Likely to Take Over Case From Delhi Police, CCTV Shows Cab at Site | Latest Updates

Reports suggested the case related to a WhatsApp group comprising people from different parts of Tamil Nadu. The group was called “SHAHADAT IS OUR GOAL”.

In 2018, they allegedly conspired to procure arms for their group, to raise funds to wage an armed struggle, to facilitate the escape of terrorists from jail and to act against the state.

The case was initially registered on April 2 this year at Keelakarai Police Station of Ramanathapuram District in Tamil Nadu. A case was filed under section 153A, 120B of Indian Penal Code (IPC), besides section 25(1) (a) of Arms Act 1959 against ten accused, out of which nine accused were arrested earlier.

One accused is still on the run. All the arrested accused were later released on bail by a court.