Early morning raids were conducted by National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday (December 19) on houses of seven people in different cities of Tamil Nadu for their links to the Islamic terrorist group ISIS, reports Hindustan Times.
Otteri in Chennai, Tindivanam near Villupuram, Kuniyamuthur, Ukkadam, and Variety Hall Road in Coimbatore district was raided between 6.45 am to 8.30 am.
The houses belonged to seven accused who were nabbed last September by NIA on the charges of conspiring to murder Hindu outfit leaders like Arjun Sampath (of Hindu Makkal Katchi). The names of the accused are Ismail, Ashiq, Salaudin, Samsudeen, Jaffer Siddique, Anwar and Faizal.
They were even found to have connections with the ISIS movement during an enquiry by the Special Investigation Division (SID) of the Tamil Nadu CB-CID.
The searches were conducted on the orders of Central Home Ministry since the information from the accused pointed to more attacks on Hindu leaders in the state, says an official. NIA officials seized CDs, bank transaction documents and books that spread the fundamentalist ideology.
The NIA is also investigating the murder of C Sasikumar, a spokesperson from Coimbatore, belonging to the Hindu Munnani, an organisation that has been fighting for the rights of Hindus and the forced conversions happening in the state.
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