Ghaziabad: One held under NIA's probe against an ISIS-inspired group
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said today it has made a fresh arrest from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, in connection with its probe against an ISIS-inspired group. The group was allegedly planning suicide attacks and serial blasts, targeting politicians and government installations, in Delhi and other parts of north India. The agency also conducted fresh searches today in connection with the latest arrest.
NIA has nabbed 12 people in the case till now
The agency conducted searches at three locations in Meerut, Hapur, and Ghaziabad. An agency spokesperson said Muhammad Absar (24) was arrested by NIA sleuths from Hapur yesterday night. Absar was a resident of Jasora in Meerut and used to teach at Jamia Husania Abul Hassan in the Piplera area of Ghaziabad. The NIA has nabbed 12 people, including Absar, so far in this connection.
Absar part of ISIS' 'Harkat ul Harb e Islam': NIA
"Absar had visited three places in Jammu and Kashmir in the months of May and August 2018 along with another accused, Iftekhar Sakib, in connection with the terror conspiracy," said the spokesperson. He'll be produced before a special NIA court and his custody will be sought. The NIA had said the accused were part of 'Harkat ul Harb e Islam' module of ISIS.
NIA recovered explosive-materials, locally-made rocket launcher last month
The NIA last month had said it had seized a locally-made rocket launcher, material for suicide vests and 112 alarm-clocks to be used as timers. The agency had also said it recovered 25kg of explosive material- Potassium Nitrate, Ammonium Nitrate, and Sulphur. The group allegedly had also purchased remote control cars and wireless doorbells to use their circuits in assembling remote-controlled improvised explosive devices.
134 SIM cards, 91 mobile phones recovered during searches
Besides, the NIA also recovered steel containers, electric wires, 91 mobile phones, 134 SIM cards, 3 laptops, knife, sword, and ISIS-related literature during the searches. The Delhi court had, on January 7, extended the custody of five accused arrested in the case earlier.