New Delhi, July 20: Intelligence Bureau officials have always maintained that both naxalites and terrorists have one common goal and that is the destruction of India. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) which conducted a detailed probe following the arrest of several persons alleged to be part of an Indian ISIS module have now found a clear link between them and the naxalites.
The NIA says that these people (alleged ISIS operatives) were in touch with the naxals and were trying to operate like them. The numerous meetings that were held in the forest areas appear to be a ploy to replicate the working of the naxals, the NIA also pointed out.
Close links with Naxals
The NIA says that the alleged ISIS operatives were in touch with the naxals. While at first they got in touch with the naxals to understand their modus operandi, they were also planning on buying weapons from them.
In many other cases it has been noticed in the past that naxals have also been heavily dependent on terrorist groups and vice versa for logistic support, arms and funds.
The NIA points out that a series of meetings were held at the forests in Tumkur. The naxals have been attempting to re-establish their southern corridor and in this regard any association with a terrorist outfit would have helped them realise their plans, officials point out.
Establising a Caliphate in India
The NIA says that the sole agenda of the group was to establish a Caliphate in India. In its chargesheet the NIA says that apart from trying to establish a Caliphate in India with allegiance to the ISIS, their aim was to recruit Muslim youths to work for the outfit. Committing acts of terror too seemed to be on the list.
The NIA further points out that during the course of the investigation it had been found that the arrested operatives were acting at the behest of Shafi Armar the Bhatkal, Karnataka resident now in Syria.
Shafi Armar had contacted and interacted on web based social media networks such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Trillian, Skype, Surespot, Twitter, Chat Secure, Nimbuzz and Telegram.
During the interaction he had discussed recruitments, preparation of IEDs, identifying places for training, finding safe hideouts and finally carrying out terror strikes on vital installations in India.