New Delhi: The NIA has arrested a Palakkad, Kerala, resident for staying in touch with members of an Islamic-State type module from Kasargod. Riyas Aboobacker was also allegedly planning a suicide attack in the state. (Also read: NIA Raids: Key Accused Was Upset With Discrimination Against Muslims)
On being questioned by NIA, Aboobacker reportedly said he had been influenced by the speeches and videos of Sri Lankan bomber Zahran Hashim and Salafi preacher Zakir Naik.
The NIA had also come across videos of Hashim’s speeches from computers seized during raids at the premises of six accused in the IS Coimbatore module case. The module was allegedly planning to attack Hindu leaders in Tamil Nadu.
Aboobacker was arrested after raids at his Palakkad residence as also two other suspects in Kasargod. The raids had followed specific inputs that a group of four was in touch with IS Kasargod module accused Abdul Rashid Abdulla, Ashfaq Majeed and Abdul Khayoom who had migrated to Afghanistan and Syria. Three group members have been questioned for their IS links.
Aboobacker has reportedly disclosed that he had been in contact with absconding accused Abdul Rashid Abdulla alias Abu Isa and had been following his audio clips, including the clip which he had circulated on social media instigating others to carry out terror attacks in India.
He had reportedly had online chats with Abdul Khayoom alias Abu Khalid, an accused in Valapattanam IS case who was believed to be in Syria. He also reportedly admitted that he wanted to carry out a suicide attack in Kerala.
The IS Kasargod case was registered in July 2016 after 15 youths disappeared from Kasargod to subsequently migrate to join the IS.