India’s NIA raids IS hideouts in Tamil Nadu

2019-11-30 at 15:45

The Indian National Investigation Agency has carried out raids on two Tamil Nadu locations believed to have been used by terror group members linked to the Islamic State.

The NIA said it conducted searches at Thanjavur and Tiruchirapalli districts in connection with a Tamil Nadu-Kerala ISIS module case.

An NIA spokesperson said the anti-terror probe agency carried out searches at two locations, including a house that belongs to an operative who was a Facebook friend of Zahran Hashim.

Hashim was one of the suicide bombers in the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka in April this year. The Indian official said that it was learnt that some of the accused were following Sri Lanka’s Zahran Hashim and his associates, over social media, with the intention of furthering the objectives of the IS in India. The NIA agency had seized several documents including two laptops, six mobile phones, eleven SIM cards, one pen drive, one hard disc and five CDs from their premises, which will be submitted to the NIA Special Court.

The digital devices will be sent for the forensic examination.

The NIA has registered the case on May 30 this year against six accused persons from Coimbatore, based on the information that the accused persons and their associates have been propagating the ideology of the proscribed terrorist organization ISIS on social media with the intention of recruiting youth to carry out terrorist attacks in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.