The NIA arrested five persons and is examining 6 others. Preliminary investigations revealed that they were planning to commit terrorist acts by targeting public places including religious sites, sensitive government buildings in Hyderabad and various parts of the country.
An NIA official had told OneIndia on Wednesday that this was the first module of the ISIS in India which was ready to strike. During the raid arms, ammunition and Rs 15 lakh in cash were seized.
What was found on the alleged operatives?
The persons who were arrested yesterday are Mohammad Ibrahim Yazdani, Habeeb Mohammad, Mohammad Ilyas Yazdani, Abdulla Bin Ahmed Al Amoodi and Muzzafar Hussain Rizwan. Six more are being examined in the case. They told NIA that they were taking orders from a person in Syria.
The NIA team found chemicals suspected to be Urea / Ammonium nitrate powder and their mixture with Sugar, as well as bottles containing mineral Acid, Acetone, Hydrogen Peroxide which are precursor substances for making deadly explosive substances.
Further two semi-automatic pistols with ammunition have been recovered during the search. An airgun with telescopic sight and shooting practice target boards have also been seized during searches.
In addition, a large number of digital items including six laptops, about 40 mobile phones, 32 SIM cards, and a large number of hard disks, memory cards, PEN drives, and digital tabs have been recovered.