Hyderabad: NIA busts IS module, 6 arrested


Hyderabad: National Investigation Agency got a sucess, NIA on Wednesday busted an Islamic State (IS) module in Hyderabad, detaining 6 youths who were allegedly plotting powerful bomb blasts to target VVIPs and crowded places in the city and intended to trigger communal riots by placing cow and buffalo meat at the Bhagyalakshmi temple at the base of the iconic Charminar. 

Syed Naimath Ullah Hussaini, 42, of Moghalpura; Muzaffar Hussain Rizwan, 29, of Talab Katta; Mohammed Ataullah Rehman, 30, of Bandlaguda; Abdul, 32, of Yusuf Gulshan colony; A.M. Azhar, 20 of Talab Katta; and Mohammed Arbaz Ahmed, 21, of Chandrayan Gutta were arrested and further investigation going on.

The official also said that the six persons who were arrested would be presented before a special NIA court in Nampally in Hyderabad on Thursday. The suspects aged between 20 years and 42 years were allegedly plotting attacks in crowded places in the city, NIA sources said. NIA recovered from arrested, two 9mm pistols, explosive material like urea and hydrogen peroxide, some other chemicals, electronic gadgets that can be used to trigger explosives, laptops, pressure meters, Rs 15 lakh in cash, 25 mobile phones and simcards. 

It is the not the first time that Hyderabad is showing up on the IS radar. In January 2015, the Cyberabad police intercepted 32-year-old Salman Mohiuddin, who was trying to join the terror group by travelling to Dubai and from there to Syria via Turkey. Interestingly, Shafi Armar is suspected to be the common link among the three modules. He is the prime motivator for IS-inspired youths in India and tutors them to carry out attacks here.