According to official reports, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has seized 'suspicious' articles from the offices and residences of six members of Islamic State (IS) module in Coimbatore on whom cases were filed in May 2019 for their alleged involvement in planning of terroist' attacks in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
"During the searches digital devices including 14 mobile phone, 29 SIM cards, 10 pen drives, 3 laptops, 6 memory cards, 4 hard disc drives, 1 internet dongle, 13 CDs/ DVDs besides one dagger electric baton, 300 air-gun pellets, a large number of incriminating documents and few PFLI SDMI pamphlets have been seized from the houses and work places of accused persons", said an official report from NIA on Wednesday here.
The NIA officials in May 2019 registered a case (RC-02/2019/NIA/KOC (ISIS Kerala-Tamil Nadu Module case) and booked case on seven Islamic people from the City affiliated to IS module based and for their involvement in recruiting youth and planning terrorist attacks in South India, especially Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
"The accused persons 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 vac) in South India especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu", confirmed a report from NIA.
The six people have been identified as Mohammed Azharuddin of Coimbatore; Azharuddin T of Nanjundapuram, Podanur; Sheik Hidyathullah, Alameen Colony, South Ukkadam; Aboobacker M of Kuniamuthur; Sadham Hussain of Aasath Nagar, Karumbukadai and Ibrahim Shahin of Mania Thottam.
The NIA further confirmed that "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. Accused 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 Ahran Hashim, over the social media."
The report also disclosed that accused Ibrahim @ Shahin Shah (A-6) has been a close associate of arrested accused Riyas Abubacker (A-18) in case RC. 02.)16/NIA/KOC (ISIS Kasaragod Case), who had planned to conduct terrorist attacks in Kerala, on behalf of the ISIS/ Daish.
All the six are being questioned regarding the incriminating materials seized during the searches at NIA's office in Race Course.