India: 3 ISIS suspects arrested by 6 state polices
New Delhi, April 20 (Only Kashmir): The Uttar Pradesh anti-terrorism squad (ATS) and Delhi Police special cell arrested three ISIS suspects on charges of terror conspiracy and busted an inter-state terror module. The three men were arrested from Mumbai, Ludhiana and Bijnor.
Searches were carried out in Mumbai (Maharashtra), Ludhiana (Punjab), Narkatiaganj (Bihar), Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh) and Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh).
According to sources in the ATS, one of the accused, who was arrested from Mumbra in Mumbai, is an ISIS recruiter for Maharashtra. Several SIM cards were seized from the 26-year-old’s house.
Besides Uttar Pradesh ATS and Delhi Police special cell, the crime investigation department of Andhra Pradesh Police, Maharashtra ATS, Bihar Police and Punjab Police were part of the operation.
According to information accessed so far, the three arrested men are suspected to be part of a terror module which was building a new organisation with orders from handlers based in Iraq.
An ATS source said, “The gang was operating nationwide. Several agencies were on it. For the last 15 to 30 days, a close watch was kept on the gang and its members were tracked. On Wednesday night, the places were raided simultaneously.”
Nearly a month ago, police had busted an ISIS-inspired terror module and one of its suspected members, Saifullah, was killed in a 12-hour siege and anti-terror operation in Lucknow. The module was allegedly involved in the Ujjain train blast.
According to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe reports, the ISIS-inspired module had made a failed attempt to carry out an explosion at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Lucknow on Dussehra last year.