No ISIS threat to Tamil Nadu, says DGP

No ISIS threat to Tamil Nadu, says DGP

Close on the heels of the arrests made by the National Investigation Agency in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Tamil Nadu director general of police T K Rajendran has ruled out any terror threat to the state.

“TN is completely safe. All those arrested by the National Investigation Agency are from Kerala. One of them had come to Tamil Nadu for job,” Rajendran said.

Following the detention of six persons from Kerala by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) allegedly linked to the Islamic State organisation on Sunday, the investigative agency on Monday detained another person belonging to Kerala in Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu.

The detention comes following the interrogation of the six who were arrested earlier.

The accused have been identified as Manseed (30), Abu Basheer (29), Swalih Mohamad (26), Safwan (30), Jasim(25) and Ramshad Nageelan Kandiyil (24).While Abu Basheer hails from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, the rest of the youth belong to Kozhikode, Kannur, Mallapuram and Thrissur in Kerala. According to the NIA the accused were allegedly collecting explosives to target important persons and places of public importance.

Satya Street in a sleepy lower-middle-class neighbourhood in Kottivakkam is where Swalih Mohammed, one of several alleged ISIS sympathisers arrested by NIA sleuths, was living with his wife and son since last June.

Swalih, as known to his wife, was a peace-loving man whose love for her and their son is immense and the woman is yet to recover from the trauma of NIA sleuths coming knocking on her doors when she was expecting Swalih.