The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at the residences of five people who were earlier booked for their suspected links with ISIS, in Coimbatore in the early hours of Thursday (August 29).
According to sources, the raid involving almost 20 NIA officials started from 5 am onwards. Officials seized mobile phones, laptops, sim cards and pen drives from the houses. However, no arrests were made.
Tamil Nadu: National Investigation Agency (NIA) raids underway at 5 locations in Coimbatore. Laptops, mobile phones, SIM cards, & pen-drives seized. pic.twitter.com/m2GPZFNszK
— ANI (@ANI) August 29, 2019
The raids were conducted at the residences of Umar Farooq, Sanabar Ali, Sameena Mubin, Muhammad Yasir and Sadam Hussain, who have been under the NIA scanner for their suspected links with ISIS.
Earlier, security was beefed up in Tamil Nadu, in view of intelligence reports on infiltration of ISIS recruits having links with the perpetrators of the Sri Lanka Easter blasts, into Tamil Nadu. The NIA in June this year had arrested Mohammed Azarudeen, the alleged mastermind of ISIS’s Tamil Nadu module.