Days ahead of Republic Day, the Maharashtra Anti Terror Squad (ATS) conducted fresh raids in the state and arrested nine suspects including a 17-year-old teenager for alleged links to ISIS terror groups. Suspects, who are allegedly engineering students have been arrested from Maharashtra's Aurangabad, Mumbra and Thane district. The other eight suspects are youngsters between the ages 20 to 35-year-old.
Four men have been held in Aurangabad, four others have been arrested from Mumbra. Four others, in their 20s, were also arrested from Mumbra and the teenager was held from Thane.
As per ATS sources, the Maharashtra ATS was investigating the existence of sleeper cells in the state. Furthermore, mobile phones, chemicals explosives, SIM cards, acid bottles and knives have also been retrieved by the ATS during the raids.
Áccording to ATS sources, the terror squad formed about a dozen teams and carried out well-equipped searches and seizures at five different locations of Maharashtra including Mumbra, Thane and Aurangabad simultaneously during the intervening night and early morning today on January 22. While more raids are being conducted by the Anti-terror squad, the terror suspects have been arrested for criminal conspiracy under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.
Further investigation is in progress.
UP Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi, who on Tuesday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to shut madrasas across the country as Islamic State (IS) ideology is being promoted there to influence the students, reacted to the ISIS crackdown by Maharashtra ATS.
Speaking to Republic TV after the ISIS crackdown, Waseem Rizvi asserted on the need to curb down the activities of the terror suspects, affirming on the threat they pose to India.
"If they are not controlled then they can pose as a potential threat to the country. It starts from the primary Madrassa. If we will not pay attention now, then it will be more problematic ahead," he said.
On December 26, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) conducted search operations in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi and busted an ISIS-inspired module. 10 people, including one who worked in Madrasa, were detained by the NIA as they unearthed a terrifying terrorist plot.
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