After Coimbatore, NIA now conducts probe in Madurai for IS sympathisers

National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials, close on the heels of an operation in Coimbatore, conducted an enquiry with a youth at his house in Villapuram in Madurai.

Reports said that a team of NIA sleuths came to the city in search of the youth, who has been studying in an Arabic College in Lucknow. The youth has come home on vacation.

The NIA officials searched three premises in Madurai on suspicion that the residents there have contacts with the global terror outfit via social media.

The search in Madurai follows the search operations carried out by the agency in Coimbatore a few days back, and the arrest of two people on June 12 and 14.

The NIA booked six accused on charges of propagating IS ideology on social media with the intention of recruiting vulnerable youth for carrying out terror attacks in South India, especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The NIA also said some of the accused persons and their associates were in touch with Zahran Hashim – the mastermind of the Easter day bombings in Sri Lanka that killed around 250 people – and his associates over social media, with the intention of furthering the objectives of the IS in India.

The officials had seized a number of devices like mobile phones, laptops, pen drives and incriminating documents during the searches.

The intention of those detained was to recruit vulnerable youth into the ISIS for carrying out terrorist attacks in South India especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, NIA had said in a release.
Azarudeen was the leader of the module and had been maintaining
the Facebook page named ‘KhilafahGFX’, through which he had been propagating the ideology of ISIS/Daish, it said.