The National Investigation Agency conducted raids at multiple locations in Tamil Nadu as part of further investigation in the ISIS Coimbatore case. The raids were at the houses of the associates of six accused youths who were arrested and charge-sheeted in September 2018 for their alleged role in ISIS Tamil Nadu module. Searches were conducted at two locations in Coimbatore besides one site each in Sivaganga, Tiruchirapalli, Nagapattinam and Thoothukudi.
During searches, officials seized eight mobile phones, five SIM cards, two laptops, one SD card and fourteen documents. According to reports, the confiscated articles would be subjected to forensic examination. Officials are questioning the people searched to verify their association with the charge-sheeted youths besides any other role in this crime.
NIA Carries out Searches at six locations in Tamil Nadu in ISIS Coimbatore case of 2018 pic.twitter.com/sCIFUwdJh1
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In 2018, Tamil Nadu police arrested the six accused and charge-sheeted by NIA in February 2019 over a suspected link between ISIS modules in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. The investigation revealed that the accused and their associates were in contact with Sri Lankan ISIS leader Zahran Hashim on social media platforms.
NIA informed that the accused conducted preparations, including surveillance of targets, for launching attacks that would have caused communal disharmony and terror in the state. Investigation revealed that accused and their associates were radicalised on the ideology of ISIS and Daesh by following the speeches and videos of Hashim.