Terror module: NIA conducts searches in Chennai and other parts of TN

Officials from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) today conducted searches at various locations in Tamil Nadu including Chennai.

According to sources, the searches are being conducted as part of the agency’s probe into the ‘Ansarullah’ terror module case.

The raids are being carried out in Chennai, Madurai, Tirunelveli and Ramanathapuram district, they said. NIA Friday identified the 14 terror suspects, who were deported this week from UAE and alleged that they were associated with varied ideologies of Al Qaeda, Islamic State and Students Islamic Movement of India.

Along with the 14 suspects, two others were arrested and have been remanded in NIA custody for eight days. All 16 suspects hail from Tamil Nadu.

According to the NIA, they had come together to form a terror group called Ansarulla and the accused had also collected funds and made preparations to carry out terrorist attacks in India, “with the intention of establishing Islamic rule in India.”

The agency also said that the group members were exhorting others to carry out lone-wolf attacks using knives, vehicles or even poison.

A special NIA Court in Chennai granted the agency eight days custody of all the 16 persons, suspected to be associated with different terrorist organisations.

NIA said that based on credible information, it has booked all the 16 accused in a case registered on July 9. It added that they had made preparations to wage a war against the Government of India.