Hammer blow on ISIS-sponsored youths! Multiple raids and arrests carried out by NIA and ATS based on IB inputs

The NIA and the Maharastra ATS have carried out a massive operation against the terror suspects based on the Intelligence Bureau (IB) inputs. Today (23rd January) the Maharashtra Anti-terror Squad (ATS) arrested nine suspects from different places in the state on the basis of intelligence inputs. This proved that the ISIS propaganda is still active in India that aims at radicalising Muslim youths.

During the raids, a 17 year old youth was also arrested in Maharashtra for having links to ISIS. Several explosives, mobile phones, hard drives, SIM cards, acid bottle and sharp knives have been seized during the raids.

Even in the last month of 2018 the NIA had raided multiple locations and arrested 10 men who were led by a imam. The NIA was following them since last 3 months and after the raid the NIA had seized huge arms and ammunition.

The seized items were twelve pistols, 150 rounds of live ammunition and one country-made rocket launcher, 112 alarm clocks, mobile phone circuits, batteries, 51 pipes, remote-controlled detonators, wireless and digital doorbells for remote switches, steel containers, electric wires, 91 mobile phones, 134 SIM cards, 3 laptops, knife, sword and ISIS-related literature”.

By today’s raid it is clear that the NIA will act tough against the ISIS sympathizers in Delhi, Maharashtra, Kerala, Hyderabad, Uttar Pradesh. The letter which was issued by IB to top officials in Delhi stated “The success of the IS in radicalising some Indian youth, attracting certain sections of the local population or the Indian diaspora to physically participate in its activities or supporting terrorist groups operating in India, have opened up the possibility of IS-sponsored terrorist action on the Indian territory. Growing radicalisation among Muslim youths and the possibility of their falling prey to jihadi propaganda and resorting to undesirable activities is a cause of serious security concern,” the IB said, adding that this should be dealt with immediately to chock ISIS’s entry in India”.

Hansika Raj