Raids in Kerala over Daesh links

The National Investigation Agency raided three places in Kerala in connection with investigation into a Daesh module. The state police said one suspect had been detained.

A senior NIA official in Delhi said: “The agency carried out raids at the residential premises of three suspects—two places in Kasaragod and one in Palakkad.” The official said the raids were carried out after the agency got a tip-off that the three persons are suspected to have links with some of the accused who had earlier exited India to join Daesh.

The NIA said it seized a number of digital devices, including mobile phones, SIM cards, memory cards, pen drives, diaries with handwritten notes in Arabic and Malayalam, DVDs of controversial preacher Zakir Naik as well as untitled DVDs. The NIA official said the agency also seized CDs of religious speeches.

The NIA said the case relates to the criminal conspiracy hatched by people from Kasaragod district of Kerala and their associates to join Daesh. Fourteen persons from the district left India or their work places in the Middle East between May and July 2016 before travelling to Afghanistan or Syria where they allegedly joined Daesh.

In Thiruvananthapuram, a Kerala police official said the NIA took one person from Palakkad district into custody for questioning. A police official attached to the Kollengode police station said the NIA approached them and sought security. “We accompanied them and they have taken one person into custody. After picking him up, they returned to Kochi.”

NIA officials in Kasaragod also served notice to two people, identified only as Abubacker and Ahamed, to report on Monday at the Kochi NIA office.

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