Al Qaeda supporters held in TN wanted to wage Jihad against India: NIA

Al Qaeda supporters held in TN wanted to wage Jihad against India: NIA

A special public prosecutor of NIA has said Dawood Sulaiman, the key leader of Al Qaeda-inspired “Base Movement” module who was arrested in connection with his alleged role over a series of blasts in court complexes in South India, wanted to wage jihad against the country.

“This was jihad… He (Suleiman) wanted to wage jihad. Several sections under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Explosives Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act have been invoked against him,” Special Public Prosecutor, NIA C S S Pillai was quoted as saying.

In a joint operation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Counter Intelligence Cell sleuths of Telangana and a CID special investigation division team on Monday apprehended four terror suspects inspired by Al Qaeda from hideouts in Chennai and Madurai who had planned to target at least 22 VVIPs including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While Dawood, a techie, was arrested in Chennai, the remaining were detained from Madurai. Azharuddin, a flatmate of arrested 23-year-old Dawood Suleiman, on Tuesday expressed shock that the software engineer was a suspected terrorist.

“My neighbours and I couldn’t be more surprised to find that Suleiman was part of a terror group,” he said.

Meanwhile, the four men will be taken to various locations to decode their modus operandi and trace the network. According to sources, the suspects were first taken to Bengaluru on Monday night for further inquiries.