The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted simultaneous raids at several locations at Ernakulam in Kerala and Murshidabad in West Bengal and arrested nine at least 9 terrorists associated with Pakistan sponsored module of Al-Qaeda.
NIA claimed that 6 persons were arrested from West Bengal’s Murshidabad and 3 from Kerala’s Ernakulam during its early morning raids today following a tip-off that an inter-state module of Al Qaeda operatives is planning to undertake terrorist attacks at vital installations in India with an aim to kill innocent people and strike terror in their minds.
NIA also claimed that large quantity of materials including digital devices, documents, jihadi literature, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, a locally fabricated body armour, articles and literature used for making home-made explosive devices have been seized from their possession.
As per the preliminary investigation, these individuals were radicalised by Pakistan-based Al-Qaeda terrorists on social media and were motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places including the National Capital Region. For this purpose, the module was actively indulging in fundraising and a few members of the gang were planning to travel to New Delhi to procure arms and ammunition. These arrests have pre-empted possible terrorist attacks in various parts of the country.
The details of the arrested accused are as under:
(i) Murshid Hasan, currently a resident of Ernakulam, Kerala.
(ii) Iyakub Biswas, currently a resident of Ernakulam, Kerala
(iii) Mosaraf Hossein, currently a resident of Ernakulam, Kerala
(iv) Najmus Sakib, a resident of Murshidabad, West Bengal.
(v) Abu Sufiyan, a resident of Murshidabad, West Bengal.
(vi) Mainul Mondal, a resident of Murshidabad West Bengal.
(Vii) Leu Yean Ahmed, a resident of Murshidabad, West Bengal.
(Viii) Al Mamun Kamal, a resident of Murshidabad, West Bengal.
(Ix) Abitur Rehman, a resident of Murshidabad, West Bengal.