Tribune News Service
New Delhi, March 15
In a major crackdown against Kerala ISIS module led by accused Mohammed Ameen, the anti-terror probe agency, NIA on Monday conducted searches at 11 locations in Delhi (1), Karnataka (2) and Kerala (8).
In Kerala the raids were carried out in Kannur, Mallapuram, Kollam and Kasargod, whereas in Karnataka it was in Bengaluru.
A senior NIA official said, “The group has been running various ISIS propaganda channels on different social media platforms such as Telegram, Hoop and Instagram for propagating the violent Jihadi ideology of ISIS and radicalising and recruiting new members to the ISIS module.”
In this case, the NIA had registered the case against seven known and other unknown accused persons under various sections of the IPC, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act—UAPA on March 5, 2021, the official said.
According to the official, the searches were conducted at the premises of accused Mohammed Ameen and his associates, who were members of the various groups and channels on encrypted chat platforms.
“During the searches, several digital devices, including laptops, mobiles, hard disk drives, pen drives, multiple SIM cards of different service providers and incriminating documents have been seized,” the official said, adding that the seized exhibits “are being scrutinised and will be sent for forensic examination”.
The searches today were preceded by extensive verification jointly by the NIA, the Special Cell of Delhi Police and Kerala ATS, the official noted.
The group of radicalised individuals under the leadership of Mohammed Ameen owning allegiance to ISIS had identified certain individuals in Kerala and Karnataka for targeted killing, the official said.
“They had also planned to undertake Hijrat (religious migration) to Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) for engaging in terrorist acts. Further, Mohammed Ameen had travelled to J&K immediately after his return to India from Bahrain in March 2020 and had been camping in Delhi for the last two months for establishing connection with J&K-based operatives having allegiance to ISIS,” the official said.
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