NIA conducts searches in TN, 1 arrested for promoting extremism

Chennai: The NIA conducted searches at two places in Tamilnadu and arrested a man in connection with a case relating to incriminating Facebook posts advocating the ideology of the Islamic State and fundamentalist organisation Hizb-Ut-Tahrir.

The searches were conducted at two locations in Tiruvarur and Thanjavur districts of Tamilnadu after which the man identified Bava Bahrudeen alias Mannai Bava, was arrested.

According to the NIA, the case was initially registered at Thideer Nagar Police Station, Madurai City in which Mohammed Iqbal alias Senthil Kumar had used his Facebook account ‘Thoonga Vizhigal Rendu is in Kazimar Street’ to upload posts that denigrated a particular community and fomented communal disharmony among different religions in a manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order.

‘Investigation has revealed that the accused person Mohammed Iqbal conspired with others including Mannai Bava, in the name of Hizb-ut-Tahrir to re-establish Islamic State and implement Sharia globally including in India,’ it added.

In furtherance of this conspiracy, they had participated in closed-door ‘bayans’ (meetings) and created multiple accounts on various social media applications to upload posts intended to disclaim and disrupt the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India, the agency said.
The conspiracy meetings/closed door bayans were helmed by Bahrudeen and conducted in Madurai, Erode, Salem and Tanjore districts in Tamil Nadu, it added.

In the searches conducted on Thursday in Mannargudi of Thiruvarur district and in Mansur Ali Thaikal area of Tanjore district, 30 books and handwritten documents containing incriminating literature related to Hizb-ut-Tahrir and establishment of the Islamic State/Khilafat and three digital devices were seized, the NIA said and added that further investigation is on.