3 held for suspected ISIS links were spreading jihadi ideology: Police

The trio, which allegedly had links with the ISIS, was taken under custody in Devipattinam police station on Wednesday

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The remaining staff of the two police stations were later temporarily shifted to private marriage halls for isolation.| Representational image: PTI

The three men with suspected links to the ISIS — who were arrested in Ramanathapuram district — were allegedly involved in spreading jihadi ideology and plotting to kill those opposed to Islamic beliefs, to spread fear among the public, police said.

The trio — B Mohammed Ali, Pura Gani, and Amir — was taken under custody in Devipattinam police station when they tried to flee on Wednesday, following a tip-off, police said. They added that one man, identified as Sheikh Dawood, however, managed to escape.

They allegedly had links to the ISIS and were connected to cases being probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), police said.

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“They were allegedly involved in spreading jihadi ideology in Ramanathapuram district and plotting to kill people opposed to Islamic beliefs to spread fear among the public,” police said, adding that the three also indulged in acts against national integration.

Police also claimed that they were involved in efforts to recruit people to ISIS and raising funds for the banned terror outfit. They were discussing matters including transferring money to Abdul Shamim, one of the accused in the recent killing of SSI Wilson at Kaliakavali in Kanyakumari district near the Kerala border, when the police patrol picked them up.

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Police seized books and Islamic propaganda material from the three. Police also retrieved books from them including one titled Democracy is a System of Kufr. They also had in their possession propaganda materials in “audio form” meant to be uploaded on social networking platforms including WhatsApp.

The three were accomplices of Mohammed Riaz and Sheikh Dawood, who have already been booked by the NIA.

Police said they registered cases against them under various IPC Sections including 153 A and B, Information Technology Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.