Five persons were arrested by the NIA from Hyderabad last week for allegedly setting up a module in the name of the ISIS.
The NIA had said that arms and ammunition had been recovered from them and they were planning a series of attacks in Hyderabad. However during the questioning they were asked whether they had planned on traveling to Syria, but all of them answered in the negative.
Will set up Caliphate in India
As per the investigations the five persons had planned on carrying out a blast in Hyderabad and then announcing the arrival of the ISIS. They had planned on setting up the Caliphate in India, they told the NIA. None of them had any plans on traveling to either Iraq or Syria, NIA officials informed Oneindia.
They also said during their questioning that there was a preacher who had motivated them. The NIA says that the preacher is under their scanner and is being questioned for more leads.
The NIA has also learnt that the immediate plan was to carry out two blasts at crowded malls in Hyderabad. Further they had also planned assassination bids on several persons. They also said that they had planned on escaping after these attacks as was instructed to them by their handler Shafi Armar.