The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday arrested Mohammed Azarudeen, the alleged mastermind of the IS Tamil Nadu module who was a Facebook friend of Sri Lankan suicide bomber Zahran Hashim, after it carried out searches at seven locations in Coimbatore, officials said.
Other members of the module have been sharing radical content attributed to Zahran Hashim over the social media, NIA said in press release on Wednesday. NIA also said that all the suspects and few others were propagating the ideology of proscribed terrorist organization IS/ Daish on social media with the intention of recruiting vulnerable youth for carrying out terrorist attacks in South India especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Azarudeen’s FB page is called “Khilafah***”, through which he had been propagating the ideology of IS/ Daish. Another accused, Ibrahim @ Shahin Shah was a close associate of Riyas Abubacker, an accused in the IS Kasaragod case and had planned on carrying out terror attacks. During the searches, 14 mobile phones, 29 SIM cards, 10 pen drives, 3 laptops, 6 memory cards, 4 hard disc drives, 1 internet dongle and 13 CDs/ DVDs besides one dagger, one electric baton, 300 air-gun pellets and a large number of incriminating documents and few PFI/ SDMI pamphlets were seized.