Bengaluru, Oct 12: A mechanic, a designer at a newspaper, an employee at a club, an engineer and an accountant. Their fields are different, but they came together due to an ideology and what they planned was to launch a major attack which involved killing politicians and those who preached liberal Islam.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) which is probing a case relating to an alleged ISIS module in South India has learnt that these people were bound by the ISIS ideology which preaches radical Islam.
The NIA had arrested Abu Basheer-a mechanic, Swalih Mohammed-an employee at a club in Chennai, Safwan-a designer at a newspaper, Jasim-an engineer, Ramshad-an accountant and a Qatar based Keralite, Manseed.
During the course of the investigation, the NIA has learnt that these people came together as they were bound by the ISIS ideology. The NIA suspects that the Qatar based Kerala resident, Manseed is the one who brought them together. NIA says that Manseed was in touch with these people who shared a common ideology.
They were planning to eliminate several people in Kerala who they felt were a threat to Islam. They had on their radar a retired judge and also some politicians who they felt preached liberal Islam.
After Manseed made a visit from Qatar, he met up with the rest of them at Kannur. All of them held a secret meeting which was aimed at deciding on how to go about the operation.
The NIA also suspects that these people were inspired by preachers such as Dr Zakir Naik. The NIA has also found a video clip with these people which contained the speech of Kerala based preacher M M Akbar.