Kolkata, Feb 27: In a first such incident linked to the IS in Bengal, the NIA has held a 19-year old youth for questioning. A polytechnic student from Durgapur, the boy is a resident of Dhanekhali, bordering the Burdwan.
Asif and his father were interrogated in the Salt Lake complex. The NIA had earlier unearthed a terror ploy involving the banned Jamaat-ulMujahideen of Bangladesh.
Sanjeev Singh, I-G of NIA said,"Acting on a tip-off, NIA sleuths reached Durgapur with a team from the state CID and is presently questioning Asif Ahmed. The 19-year-old is suspected of having links with the terror outfit IS. He used to stay in a rented accommodation in Durgapur and had even changed his name to Raja Das."
Asif was picked up from Pashimpara village on Tuesday under Kanksha police station. He was residing with his friends in a flat and had also changed his name. He was immediately taken to his ancestral home in Dhanekhali from where the sleuths obrained some documents.
Based on several tip offs, police raided 12 places in six cities, which included Bangalore, Tumkur, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Lucknow.14 people were arrested and most of them named one Abdus Sami Qasmi, who was arrested in Hardoi, UP and from him they came to know about Asif Ahmed.