New Delhi. NIA conducted searches and raids at Ernakulam (Kerala) and Murshidabad (West Bengal) in the wee hours of Saturday and arrested nine suspected terrorists for their alleged association with Pakistan-sponsored module of the Al-Qaeda in the country.
The agency got a tip-off about an inter-state module of Al-Qaeda the operatives at various locations in India, including West-Bengal and Kerala, which was allegedly planning to undertake terrorist attacks at vital installations in India with an aim to kill innocent people and strike terror in their minds.
“Accordingly, the NIA registered a case and initiated investigation.”
Those arrested include six from West-Bengal and three from Kerala, the official said. The six terrorists arrested from Murshidabad are Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal and Atitur Rehman, the agency official said. From Kerala, the NIA picked up terrorists from Ernakulam and are Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Biswas and Mosaraf Hossen.
“The operations were conducted in the early morning. Large quantities of incriminating materials, including digital devices, documents, jihadi literature, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, a locally fabricated body armour, articles and literature used for making home-made explosive devices have been seized from their possession.”
The NIA said in its initial investigation that it was found that these individuals were highly radicalised by Pakistan-based Al-Qaeda terrorists on social media and were motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places including the National Capital Region.
“For this purpose, the module was actively indulging in fundraising and a few members of the gang were planning to travel to New Delhi to procure arms and ammunition. These arrests have pre-empted possible terrorist attacks in various parts of the country,” the official said, adding that the arrested terrorists will be produced before the concerned special courts in Kerala and West Bengal for police custody and further investigation.