3 suspected ISIS supporters held in Coimbatore

Coimbatore: A day after the NIA arrested the main accused Mohammed H Azarudeen (32) of Anbu Nagar in Ukkadam in connection with the deadly terror attack in Sri Lanka that took place in April, the sleuths arrested three ISIS supports yesterday.

The NIA conducted searches at the houses of the three men Mohamed Hussain, Shahjahan and Sheik Safiullah and later arrested them. They were accused of allegedly conspiring to carry out attacks in the State.

During yesterday’s searches digital devices including 14 mobile phones, 29 SIM cards, 10 pen drives, 3 laptops, 6 memory cards, 4 hard disc drives, 1 internet dongle and 13 CDs/ DVDs besides one dagger, one electric baton, 300 air-gun pellets and a large n umber of incriminating documents and few PFI/ SDMI pamphlets were seized from the accused.

The arrested men are said to be supporters of Zahran Hashim, who is the mastermind of Sri Lanka Easter Sunday suicide bombings. The police registered a case under section 18, 38 and 39 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act 1967 against them.

The police action came after the National Investigation Agency Wednesday carried out raids at seven locations here and arrested Mohammed Azarudeen, the alleged mastermind of ISIS Tamil Nadu module who was a Facebook friend of Hashim. A report from Kochi said Azarudeen was produced before the NIA court there and it remanded him to judicial custody yesterday.

NT Bureau