Lucknow: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday arrested Naeem from Western Uttar Pradesh, who supplied arms to mastermind Mufti Sohail, the key accused in the alleged ISIS-inspired module busted by the probe agency last week.
Meanwhile, Naeem has been brought to Delhi’s Patiala House court by NIA.
NIA which is probing the new Islamic State module ‘Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam,’ on Wednesday took the arrested accused to Amroha to identify the people who supplied arms and bomb-making material to them. (NIA Raids: Key Accused Mufti Sohail Was Upset With Discrimination Against Muslims, Was Planning ‘Jihadi Activities’ Since 2009, Says Report)
A senior NIA official, who requested anonymity, said the arrested accused were taken to several parts of a western Uttar Pradesh city to identify the people who supplied material for making the pipe bombs.
The official also said the agency carried out fresh searches at two places in Amroha to identify more suspects and took two persons for questioning.
The counter-terror probe agency also questioned two general store shopkeepers from Amroha, from whom the alleged mastermind Mufti Mohammad Suhail bought potassium to make bombs. However, they were released after questioning.
About NIA Raids
On December 26, the NIA arrested 10 people, including the group leader, who were allegedly planning to attack some political personalities, security establishments as well as crowded places in Delhi and the National Capital Region.
The arrests were made after the NIA carried out searches at 17 places — six in East Delhi’s Jafarabad area, six in Amroha, two each in Lucknow and Hapur and one place in Meerut, leading it to seize a country-made rocket launcher, 12 pistols, 112 alarm clocks, 100 mobile phones, 135 SIM cards, several laptops and various electronic gadgets, besides 150 rounds of ammunition.
The NIA 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.
All the arrested members of ‘Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam’ are in NIA custody.