New Delhi, Jan 23: In a nation wide crack down the NIA arrested and detained 14 persons from various parts of the country. There were six from Karnataka of which two have been formally arrested under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
While the NIA is probing the case to find out the exact game plan of these persons, there is another aspect that may require some serious thought.
One of the members who was picked up by the NIA in Karnataka had been deported from Turkey in January 2015. Abdul Ahad who was one of the persons picked up in Karnataka had been deported from Turkey for allegedly trying to join the ISIS last January.
He was always under the lens:
The Indian government has taken a relatively different approach in the past while dealing with the ISIS. Agencies attempt to counsel youth who try to join the ISIS in an attempt to bring them to the mainstream. The case was very similar where Ahad was concerned.
However Intelligence Bureau officials say that in the case of such persons they do not take them off the radar. In the case of Ahad it was found that he was constantly in touch one Abu Zarar a Hyderabad based man who is under the scanner for his alleged links with the ISIS.
The NIA is probing to find out the exact modus operandi of these persons. It appears prima facie that they were attempting to set up a module for the ISIS and actively recruit youth through the internet.
The NIA says that the probe is at a preliminary stage. We are looking for digital evidence and as of now it appears that these persons were in touch with the other operatives who were picked up from Karnataka. The angle relating to Zarar is also being investigated, NIA officials point out.