National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a suspected ISIS operative in the city. He was allegedly planning to carry out attacks in parts of Tamil Nadu.
In a statement, the central agency said that Shakul Hameed and eight others are accused of planning attacks to further the activities of the militant organisation in India.
The agency said it registered a case suo motu against the nine accused at the NIA police station in Delhi on January 26.
“The accused people and their associates, with the intention of furthering the activities of the proscribed terrorist organisation Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)/Daesh, had hatched a criminal conspiracy from 2013 onward, and formed a terrorist gang that raised and received funds,” it said.
The probe has found that main accused Haja Fakkurudeen, a Singaporean citizen of Indian origin and a native of the Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu, has already joined the ISIS in Syria in January, 2014, along with his family.
Fakkurudeen had visited India twice between November, 2013 and January, 2014, when he held meetings along with co-accused Khaja Moideen, Shakul Hameed and others at various places in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka with the intention of recruiting more people into the ISIS.
In pursuance of the conspiracy, Shakul Hameed had attempted to migrate to ISIS-controlled territory in Syria in August, 2015, through Turkey, where he was intercepted by Turkish authorities and deported to India, according to the NIA.