Maharashtra ATS arrests 9 for alleged links with ISIS
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested nine people from Thane and Aurangabad for their alleged links with banned terror outfit ISIS. The nine terror suspects, all part of a group, were nabbed by ATS teams over the last two days, an ATS official said. The ATS sleuths seized certain chemicals, sharp knives, mobile phones, and some SIM cards from the group. Read more.
After weeks of surveillance, ATS arrested the men
The official said that acting on specific inputs, the ATS kept a watch on the nine men for several weeks and gathered relevant information about them, They were arrested when it came to light that they were likely to "swing into action", he further said.
Raids carried out at different locations of Thane, Aurangabad
The arrests followed searches in Amrut Nagar, Kausa, Moti Baug and Almas Colony areas in Thane's Mumbra township and in Aurangabad's Kaisar Colony, Rahat Colony and Damdi Mahal areas on Monday late night and Tuesday early morning. During the searches, the ATS seized chemicals, bottles of acid, sharp knives, mobile phones, hard disks and some SIM cards from the group, the official said.
Accused booked under criminal conspiracy, unlawful activities act
The accused have been booked under IPC's Section 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and relevant provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the Bombay Police Act, the official said. In November 2017, the ATS had arrested Abu Zaid right when he landed at the Mumbai airport from Saudi Arabia. Abu was part of an ISIS module that was planning an attack in India.
ATS busted Abu before he could raise money for attack
The ATS said that Abu was busted before the terror outfit could even raise the money for the attack. After interrogation, it was revealed that Abu was part of an ISIS module earlier uncovered by the ATS of the UP police, said ATS.