Mayiladuthurai (Tamil Nadu): National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials on Thursday carried out simultaneous searches at eight locations across Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, as part of its investigation into the propaganda and raising of funds for the terror outfit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The raids were held at the residences and other locations of five persons linked to the terror outfit at Mayiladuthurai, Chennai, and Karaikal, police sources said.
The NIA had taken over the probe in a case earlier registered against Sathik Basha, Mohammed Ashiq, Jagabar Ali and Rahmath from Tamil Nadu and Mohammed Irfhan from Karaikal in Puducherry, alleging that they had associated themselves with ISIS to float anti-national outfits in India.
Tamil Nadu police had registered the case in February last and arrested all the five accused of their alleged involvement in various offenses under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Arms Act.
Later, the police invoked provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in the case.
The Centre referred the case to NIA based on credible information that Sathik Basha has been actively indulging in various anti-national activities and is a member of ‘Manitha Neethi Pasarai’ (MNP) and also a covert sympathizer of ISIS ideology.
According to the FIR, the arrested five persons associated themselves with the Islamic State with the intention of furthering its activities in India. The accused intended the secession of a part of the territory of India and intended to disrupt the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country by forming anti-national organizations namely ‘The Khilafah Party of India, Khilafah Front of India, and Intellectual Students of India (ISI), and Student Party of India.
NIA is probing the possible roles of the arrested five persons in recruitments being done for the terror outfit, the sources added.