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NIA raids 31 places in Tamil Nadu, Telangana to foil ISIS-inspired recruitment drive

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The Nationwide Investigation Company on Saturday raided 31 places in Tamil Nadu and Telangana to thwart a radicalisation and recruitment marketing campaign by proscribed world terror group ISIS, an official mentioned.

A number of digital units, paperwork and incriminating books in vernacular and Arabic languages, and Rs 60 lakh in addition to USD 18,200 in money had been seized in the course of the searches, a spokesperson of the federal anti-terror company mentioned.

The official mentioned the company is within the means of inspecting the info within the seized cellphones, laptops and arduous discs.NIA groups raided 22 places in Coimbatore, three in Chennai and one in Kadaiyanallur of Tenkasi district in Tamil Nadu, and one other 5 places in Telengana’s Hyderabad, the spokesperson mentioned.

The searches had been performed in reference to a case, registered by NIA Chennai beneath varied sections of the Indian Penal Code and Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act, that pertains to clandestine operations by a gaggle of people to radicalize gullible youth, the official mentioned.

“The radicalization was being carried out in the garb of holding Arabic language classes through their Regional Study Centres. Such radicalization activities were being flashed through social media platforms and online messaging services like WhatsApp and Telegram,” the spokesperson mentioned.

The official mentioned investigations have revealed that the ISIS-inspired agent provocateurs had been engaged within the propagation of ‘Khilafat’ ideology, which is inimical to India’s constitutionally established ideas of secularism and democracy.

“The group of persons involved in the case had entered into a conspiracy to radicalise and recruit youth who were later found involved in terrorist as well as unlawful acts and activities. One such terror attack related to the Coimbatore car bomb blast case of October 23 2022,” the spokesperson mentioned.

The official mentioned the investigations within the case are persevering with as a part of the NIA’s concerted efforts to thwart ISIS makes an attempt to provoke susceptible and vulnerable youth into the terrorist community that’s working actively to unfold terror within the nation with the overarching goal of disturbing and disrupting its peace and communal concord.



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