NIA raids at five places in Coimbatore NIA raids at five places in Coimbatore

NIA raids at five places in Coimbatore NIA raids at five places in Coimbatore

Chennai: Sleuths of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing an Islamic State-inspired module, conducted raids at the houses of five people in Coimbatore. NIA sources said the raids, which began early in the morning, ended around noon. No arrests were made during the raids conducted by the NIA team from Kochi in Kerala. Of the five people, the house of one of the suspects was already searched by the agency in June. The raids were conducted in connection with a case registered against six persons from Coimbatore in May this year for alleged propagation of IS ideology. Of the six persons, the NIA had arrested the suspected leader of the module, Muhammed Azharudheen (32), a Facebook friend of Zahran Hashim, who masterminded the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, and Y Shiek Hidayathullah. The raids were held at a time when the Textile city was put on high alert after intelligence inputs said six terrorists have infiltrated into Coimbatore through Sri Lanka. Of the six, one was from Pakistan and the other five were Sri Lankan Muslims. The NIA had on June 12,conducted searches at seven locations in Coimbatore in connection with ISIS Kerala-Tamil Nadu module case. Cases registered by NIA on May 30 against Mohammed Azarudeen (32), a resident Ukkadam, Coimbatore, Akram Sindhaa (26), Tirumarai Nagar Phase-II, Podannur Road, Y Shiek Hidayathullah (38) resident of South Ukkadam, Abubacker M (29) resident of Kuniyamuthur, Sadham Hussain (26), resident of Ummar Nagar, Podannur Main Road, Ibrahim @ Shahin Shah (28), resident of South Ukkadam, Coimbatore and others based on information that the accused and their associates were propagating the ideology of proscribed terrorist organization ISIS/Daish on social media with the intention of recruiting vulnerable youth into the ISIS/ Daish for carrying out terrorist attacks in South India, especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The NIA said the prime accused Mohammed Azarudeen has been the leader of the module and has been maintaining the Facebook page named "KhilafahGFX", through which he had been propagating the ideology of ISIS/Daish. Mohammed Azarudeen has been a facebook friend of Sri Lankan suicide bomber Zahran Hashim and other members of the module have also been sharing radical contents attributed to Zahran Hashim, over the social media. Ibrahim alias Shahin Shah has been a close associate of arrested accused Riyas Abubacker in ISIS Kasaragod case, who had planned to conduct terrorist attacks in Kerala, on behalf of the ISIS/Daish. During the searches 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/DVDs, besides one dagger, one electric baton, 300 air-gun pellets and a large number of incriminating documents and few PFI/SDPI pamphlets have been seized from the houses and work places of the accused.

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