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The ISIS was held responsible for the Easter Day bombings in Sri Lanka in April (AFP file)
The ISIS was held responsible for the Easter Day bombings in Sri Lanka in April (AFP file)

NIA cracks down on ISIS cells in Tamil Nadu

  • The NIA searched houses of the associates of the charge-sheeted accused persons at different locations
  • They included two locations in Coimbatore City, one location each in Sivaganga, Tiruchirapalli, Nagapattinam and Toothukudi districts

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday searched six locations in Tamil Nadu allegedly belonging to the Islamic State’s splinter group in the region. The ISIS was held responsible for the Easter Day bombings in Sri Lanka in April.

The agency, armed with the restructured NIA Act that gives it more teeth, said investigations revealed that “some of the accused persons and their associates were in touch with the Sri Lankan ISIS leader Zahran Hashim and his accomplices, over social media."

It said “the accused persons arrested by Tamil Nadu Police in this case in September 2018 and charge-sheeted by NIA in February 2019 had conducted preparations, including reconnaissance of targets, for launching such attacks."

The probe agency searched houses of the associates of the charge-sheeted accused persons at two locations in Coimbatore City, one location each in Sivaganga, Tiruchirapalli, Nagapattinam and Toothukudi districts. “During searches, two laptops, eight mobile phones, five SIM cards, one SD card and fourteen documents have been seized," the agency said.

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