Chennai: Sleuths of the National Investigation Agency (NIA)on Thursday conducted searches at five locations in Coimbatore City inconnection with the ISIS Kerala-Tamil Nadu Module case and seized digital devices, sim cards, memory cards and several incriminating documents.
NIA sources said the searches were conducted based on the warrants issued by NIA Special Court, Ernakulam in the case.
The case was registered by NIA on May 30 against six accused in Coimbatorebased on the information that these individuals and their associates were propagating the ideology of the proscribed terrorist organization ISIS/Daish on social media with the intention of recruiting vulnerable youth into this outfit and planning to carry out terrorist attacks in South India, especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
NIA also found that some of the accused persons and their associates were in touch with the Sri Lankan ISIS/Daish leader Zahran Hashim and his accomplices, over social media, with the intention of furthering the objectives of the ISIS/Daish in India.
The NIA had earlier conducted searches at the houses of six accused in this case on June 12 and based on the incriminating facts revealed, two accused--Mohammed Azarudheen and Shiek Hidayathulla--were arrested.
In today's searches at the houses of five associates of the accused, digital devices including a laptop, five mobile phones, four SIM cards, one memory card, and eight CDs/DVDs and a large number of incriminating documents have been seized.The seized digital devices will be subjected to forensic examination.
The suspects were being examined regarding their association with the arrested accused persons and their involvement in the conspiracy, intended at furthering the objectives of ISIS/Daish. (UNI)