New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency questioned Muhammed Faizal, an NRI from Doha, for suspected ISIS links, stated news agency ANI on Wednesday. The person was called back from Doha for questioning. He is suspected to have connections with Riyaz Aboobacker who was arrested on April 29.

Meanwhile, the NIA arrested a Palakkad resident last month for staying in touch with the members of an Islamic-State type module from Kasargod. Riyas Aboobacker was also allegedly planning a suicide attack in Kerala.

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. Upon investigation, it was found 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.

Earlier in April, the NIA arrested an ISIS sympathizer from his home in Kings Colony while carrying out searches at three locations in Hyderabad of Telangana against the ISIS module. 13 cellphones, 11 SIM cards, 1 iPad, 2 laptops, 1 external hard disk, 6 pen drives, 6 SD cards and 3 walkie-talkie sets were seized during the raids. Sources added that raids were also conducted at a location in Wardha of Maharashtra.

In August 2018, the NIA had arrested two alleged ISIS sympathisers namely Mohammed Abdullah Basith and Mohd Abdul Qhadeer from Hyderabad as part of its larger probe into Indian youngsters being radicalised to carry out terror strikes on behalf of the banned international outfit.

(With agency inputs)