Dispur:  A team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday arrived in Assam to grill the seven accomplices of the Hizbul cadre who were taken in by police from the state.

“An NIA team has arrived in Assam and they are grilling the arrested linkmen. This is for the first time that we have arrested Hizbul Mujahideen linkmen from Assam. We are trying to see if the J&K-based Islamist terror outfit had already set up an Assam module,” said a senior Assam police officer. The official refused to reveal further details as it might hamper the investigation.

This comes days after the arrest of a Hizbul Mujahideen man from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Reportedly, the terrorist had plans to attack on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. He also revealed during an investigation that he went for training to Kashmir in April 2017 and was a native of Assam.

After the arrest of the man identified as Qamar uz Zaman from Uttar Pradesh last week, Assam police have so far nabbed seven persons including the brother of the man for having links with him and the Jammu and Kashmir-based terror outfit. Following the arrest of Zaman, Assam police arrested his close associate Shahnawaz Alam from Hojoi in Assam. After this Saidul Alam, a resident of Lanka in Hojai district, Umar Faruk and others were also arrested from different places in Hojai and Nagaon district of Assam.

Police said that Saidul was also in touch with Zaman and visited Srinagar in April this year and got in touch with few Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists.