10 ISIS Suspects Held in Multi-State Operation
Ten ISIS activists were held yesterday by security agencies in a major multi-state operation.
Police teams of Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh were involved in raids against the terror group’s Khorasan module, officials said.
All the ten from the age group of 18-25 were picked up from Mumbra (Maharashtra), Jalandhar (Punjab), Narkatiaganj (Bihar), besides Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.
Inspector general of the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) Aseem Arun, in a statement in Noida, said that four persons were arrested on charges of hatching terror conspiracies. Important documents relating to the ISIS were seized from them, he said.
“Mufti Faizan and Tanveer, allegedly connected with the ISIS, were arrested from Bijnor. Nazim Shamshad of Bijnor was nabbed from Mumbra near Mumbai. Muzammil was arrested from Jalandhar,” he said.
“The UP ATS had seized some important documents after the March 7 encounter in Lucknow in which a suspected terrorist belonging to the Khorasan module was killed. Following this, the probe was expanded to five states,” he said.
Six others taken into custody were being questioned in Noida near Delhi.
The accused had got in touch with each other through the Internet. Central security agencies played a vital role in the operation.
The ATS had received information that the ISIS had been expanding its network in UP, Maharashtra, Punjab and Bihar, and some youths from these states had joined the terror organisation.
Investigations claim that one of them wanted to finance the group, and they were continuously communicating with each other about carrying out some major strike in the near future. But police and other agencies of different states with the help of surveillance made the arrests before they could carry out any such attack, the ADG said.
Last month, the Centre said that 75 people have been arrested from different states for alleged links with the ISIS.