Nine Al-Qaeda terrorists were arrested this morning by the National Investigation Agency as they were carrying out multiple raids in Kerala and West Bengal. The raids were conducted in Bengal’s Murshidabad and Kerala’s Ernakulam, the probe agency NIA said.
According to an official statement by the NIA, they had learnt about an inter-state module of Al-Qaeda operatives at various locations in India, including West-Bengal and Kerala. The group was also planning to undergo terrorist attacks at vital installations in India with an aim to kill innocent people and strike terror.
Out of these nine terrorists, six were arrested from Bengal and three terrorists were arrested from Kerala during the early morning raids.
The NIA said, “A large quantity of incriminating materials including digital devices, documents, jihadi literature, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, a locally fabricated body armour, articles and literature used for making home-made explosive devices have been seized from their possession. These individuals were radicalised by Pakistan-based Al-Qaeda terrorists on social media and were motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places including Delhi-NCR.”
As per the initial investigation, the module was “actively indulging in fund-raising and a few members of the gang were planning to travel to Delhi to procure arms and ammunition.” NIA is still looking into whether any locals supported these operatives and is collecting details from their encrypted Telegram service.
After the arrest, Kerala police were put on high alert and are keeping a close tab on migrant workers’ camps, officials said. In this state, there is an estimated 25 lakh workforce from other states mainly engaged in construction, small scale units and hotels.
The names of all the terrorists arrested today are Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Biswas, Mosaraf Hossein, Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal and Atitur Rehman. They will be taken to courts in Kerala and Bengal to seek their police custody.