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Grenades recovered, larger terrorist plots for Kerala busted

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Kochi (VSK). NIA is reported to have busted an IS module designed to carry out terror attacks on places of worship (read temples) and certain community leaders in Kerala.

We had already reported, early this week, about the arrest of five terrorists in Bengaluru. Mohammed Junaid had fled the country. Now, reports suggest, he is in Afghanistan and controls the ‘Bengaluru colleagues’ from abroad. He is reported to be a part of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the infamous international terrorist group. On top of the arms, ammunitions, mobile phones and walkie-talkie sets, four grenades have been recovered from the house of Shahid Thambres (25), one of the five arrested fundamentalists. Investigators, bomb squad and forensic experts recovered the grenades from a secret locker in Thambres’s house.

Latest reports say, there were conspiracies to carry out blasts in Kerala. Temples, important institutions and prominent community leaders are the targets. The NIA statement said that the agency conducted an intelligence-led operation in collaboration with the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Kerala Police. It was based on credible inputs and investigations. The team searched four locations following the arrest of an accused.

According to NIA, after arrest of Ashif from Sathyamangalam in Tamil Nadu, the very next day, searches were conducted in the houses of Ashif, Seyad Nabeel Ahmed and Shiyas at Thrissur. One Reyees’s house at Palakkad was raided too. Digital devices and relevant documents were confiscated during the raids.

NIA strictly adheres to policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism hence has achieved a remarkable success in busting IS module in Kerala resulting in the prevention of communal terror attacks. The Agency has translated Home Minister’s firm resolve to erase terrorism; it has succeeded the possible terror attacks on places of worship and leaders of certain communities. The IS module has been raising funds, for promoting IS activities and carrying out terror attacks, by committing robberies and other criminal activities. They are reported to have zeroed in on various places of worships and selected community leaders. The sinister idea was to spread terror and communal divide in the state. Investigations in the case, registered by the NIA on July 11, 2023 under various sections of the IPC and UAPA do continue.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Junaid has been an active Lakshar man since long; he had fled the country in 2021. Reports say, Karnataka police has conveyed his details to Interpol. According to reports, in 2017, one Noor Mohammed had beaten him (Junaid), in front of his wife, in connection with a financial dispute. He took revenge by kidnapping him (Noor) and killing him. Twenty-one, including him, were arrested in this connection. When he was jailed, he met Thadiyantavide Nazeer, a suspect in the Bengaluru blast case. His interaction with Nazeer in the jail introduced him to terror activities. He is reported to have fled the country using terror links in 2021 and reached Afghanistan.

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