Telangana: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday 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. The raids are also being conducted at a location in Wardha of Maharashtra, sources added. 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. Meanwhile, the questioning of 4 suspects is currently underway, said news agency ANI.
The ISIS suspect has been identified as Mohammad Gufran. He is also the 13th suspect arrested in the case. He is suspected of being a key conspirator in plans to carry out terrorist attacks in Delhi NCR and Uttar Pradesh. The raids which began in the morning were part of an ongoing investigation against two alleged ISIS sympathisers Mohammed Abdullah Basith and Mohd Abdul Qhadeer who were arrested in 2018.
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.
“The fresh raids were being carried out in connection with this module after a supplementary charge sheet was filed against them in February this year and based on fresh inputs,” police added.
(With agency inputs)