The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday carried out searches at several places in Delhi and questioned few people in connection with its probe into a new ISIS module of Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam.
In a statement, a senior NIA official said that the agency had carried out searches at few places in east Delhi’s Jafarabad area. He further stated that the agency had also questioned a few suspects.
This comes at least four days after NIA carried out searches at over 17 places in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha, Lucknow, Meerut and Hapur. It arrested 10 people including the group head Mufti Mohammad Suhail as they were allegedly planning terror attacks targeting some political personalities and security establishments as well as crowded places in Delhi and the national capital region (NCR).
The agency had also recovered a country-made rocket launcher, 12 pistols, 112 alarm clocks, 100 mobile phones, 135 SIM cards, many laptops and various electronic gadgets, besides recovering 150 rounds of ammunition during the searches.
The NIA had also seized 25 kg of explosive material, such as potassium nitrate, ammonium nitrate, sulphur, sugar material paste, mobile phone circuits, batteries, 51 pipes, remote control car triggering switch, wireless digital doorbell for remote switch, steel containers, electric wires, knife, sword, IS-related literature and Rs 7.5 lakh in cash.
Besides Suhail, the NIA arrested Saeed, 28, Raees Ahmed, Saqib Iftekar, 26 and Mohammad Irshad from Amroha. Among the other accused are Anas Yunus, 24, a B Tech student of Amity University in Noida, Rashid Zafar Raq, 23, Zubair Malik, 20 and his brother Zaid Malik, 22 and Mohammad Azam, 35, from Delhi’s Jafarabad area.
Later, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley congratulated the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for the arrest of 10 members of an ISIS-inspired group allegedly planning a terror attack.