Terror probe: NIA raids at Coimbatore, Trichy & Nagapattinam

National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials today carried out searches at the houses of two persons in Coimbatore in connection with a terror probe. According to reports, raids were also conducted in Trichy and near Nagoor in Nagapattinam district.

The searches were conducted on the premises of the duo as they had allegedly been in touch with people associated with a terrorist gang which conspired, collected funds and made preparations to carry out terror attacks in India with the intention of establishing Islamic rule, reports, said, quoting sources.

The NIA has been conducting raids in Coimbatore over the past few months. Recently, the central probe agency said it had recovered incriminating documents during a raid in the city.

To unravel Indian links with Sri Lanka Easter blasts, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has decided to interrogate members of an Islamic State (IS) module based in Coimbatore who were arrested in June this year.

The agency is planning to quiz Mohammed Azarudeen and Sheik Hidayathullah from Coimbatore who are currently in judicial custody.

The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday took two persons, alleged to be involved in pro-Islamic State activities, into four days custody. Mohammed Azaruddin and Sheikh Hidayathullah are also accused to have links with those behind the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka.

Last year, a special unit of Coimbatore police uncovered and foiled a plot by members of an IS-inspired terror group to murder Arjun Sampath, Hindu Makkal Katchi leader Mookambikai Mani and Sakthi Sena leader.

Sheikh Hidayathullah was arrested for his alleged association with Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), a banned organisation. Mohammed Azaruddin was arrested for running a Facebook page called ‘KhilafahGFX’ through which he had allegedly been ‘propagating ISIS/Daish ideology’.