33 Tamilnadu men arrested with IS links: NIA

New Delhi: Out of 127 persons arrested from various parts of India for alleged links with global terrorism organisation IS, 33 are from Tamilnadu, it has emerged.

Quoting Inspector General of the NIA Alok Mittal, television reports stated that 127 persons have been detained from across the country for their connections with IS. ”Out of them, 33 are from Tamilnadu,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was trying to spread its tentacles across India and a list of 125 suspects have been shared with different States, chief of National Investigation Agency (NIA) Y C Modi said today.

Addressing a meeting of chiefs of the Anti Terrorism Squads (ATS), Modi said the JMB has spread its activities in states like Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala in the guise of Bangladeshi immigrants.

”The NIA has shared with states concerned a list of 125 suspected activists who have close links with the JMB leadership,” he said.

Mittal said from 2014 to 2018, the JMB has set up 20-22 hideouts in Bangalore and tried to spread its bases in South India.

”The JMB even conducted a trial of rocket launchers in the Krishnagiri hills along the Karnataka border,” he said.

Mittal said the JMB was keen to attack Buddhists temples to take revenge for the plight of Rohingiya Muslims in Myanmar.

Meanwhile, Pakistan is under a lot of pressure at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting, currently under way in Paris, to rein in terror groups operating from its soil, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said today.

Doval, who was addressing a meeting of the chiefs of the Anti Terrorism Squads (ATS), said the biggest pressure on Pakistan comes from the functionaries of the FATF.

In the present context no country can afford to go for a war as the financial and human costs are huge and no one is sure about victory, he said.

”Pakistan has been using terrorism as the instrument of state policy,” he said. Terrorism is a low cost sustainable option which may damage enemies to a great extent, Doval said in a reference to Pakistan.

The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.

(Inputs from PTI)

NT Bureau