For the second consecutive day, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches at three locations in Coimbatore in connection with the deadly terror attack in Sri Lanka in April.
The NIA had booked six men under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The main accused was identified as Mohammed H Azarudeen (32) of Anbu Nagar in Ukkadam.
“During initial questioning, Azarudeen told us that he had plans to carry out a big attack in Tamilnadu and Kerala but first wanted to hire more youths who will be ready to take up jihad,” an official familiar with the investigations reportedly said.
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.
Azarudeen and Hashim allegedly came in contact in October last year following which the former motivated others to join the Facebook group, namely KhilafahGFX. “Later, other members of the module also started sharing radical contents attributed to Hashim, over the social media,” NIA said.
NIA also seized 300 air-gun pellets and a large number of digital devices, including 14 mobile phones, 29 SIM cards, 10 pen drives, three laptops, six memory cards, four hard disc drives, one internet dongle, and 13 CDs and DVDs, besides one dagger and one electric baton.