Arrests for 'IS links' after raids in 6 states

Four persons were arrested and six detained in coordinated pre-dawn raids across six states today on suspicion of links with the Islamic State.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 21.04.17
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New Delhi, April 20: Four persons were arrested and six detained in coordinated pre-dawn raids across six states today on suspicion of links with the Islamic State.

Sources in the security establishment said the men had allegedly been radicalised and were members of an IS module in Khorasan, a historical region that lies mostly in modern-day Afghanistan, eastern Iran and parts of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The suspects were allegedly planning attacks on vital installations across India and setting up a training camp for new recruits.

The joint operation was carried out by police in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

"The four arrested persons have been charged with hatching a terror conspiracy as they were planning attacks in the country. We have seized documents related to the IS from them," a senior intelligence bureau officer said.

He did not specify the evidence the security agencies had. "The matter is under investigation," he said.

Last month, Union home minister Rajnath Singh had castigated Uttar Pradesh police for jumping the gun and linking the IS to a train blast near Ujjain.#Mufti Faizan, 30, and Tanveer, 28, were arrested from Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh. Nazim Shamshad Ahmed, a 26-year-old Bijnor resident, was picked up from Thane, near Mumbai. Muzammil was arrested from Jalandhar, Punjab.

The six others picked up are from various parts of Uttar Pradesh and are being questioned in Noida.