New Delhi: The key accused in the alleged ISIS-inspired module busted by NIA last week was planning “jihadi activities” since 2009 over what he felt was “persecution of Muslims in India”, a leading daily reported on Wednesday. (Also read: More Raids in Amroha; Watch Video)Also Read - Gautam Gambhir Receives Death Threat From 'ISIS Kashmir', Security Beefed Up Outside His House

The Indian Express quoted sources as saying that Mufti Suhail told interrogators that what stalled his plans was the lack of the wherewithal to carry out attacks. The Islamic preacher, who was arrested by NIA last week from his home in Jaffrabad, Delhi, told interrogators that he believed that Muslims were discriminated against in the country. He also felt that this was one of the reasons Muslims did not get jobs in the country. Also Read - Roadside Bombing Targets Taliban Vehicle, Ends Up Killing 2 Afghan Civilians Including Child

“Suhail justifies his actions. He said he had been motivated because Muslims suffer injustice in the country. He was earlier attracted to Al Qaeda and Taliban but could never approach any of them. With IS recruiting online, he found a handler who guided him through his latest adventure,” an investigator told the daily. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: NIA Raids 16 Locations in 'ISIS-Voice of Hind', Bathindi IED Recovery Cases

The officer said Suhail was in touch with the online handler who guided him to carry out attacks. In turn, Sohail roped in youths in the age group of 20-30.

Investigators said this was unlike other ISIS-affiliated groups busted by NIA in the past. “Most of those arrested earlier had plans to go to Syria or Iraq. Suhail’s concern is largely India,” an investigator said.

“He was also looking for a rented place where he could hold meetings and assemble bombs since he could not have done it at his ancestral home which is a joint family property,” the officer said to the daily.

“He talks about the Russian invasion of Afghanistan followed by the American assault. He has also expressed concern about Chechnya strife and the Palestinian struggle. He has said that the only solution to all these problems is establishing Islamic rule under Sharia law,” the officer said.