NIA raids 31 places in TN, Telangana to foil ISIS recruitment drive
   Date :17-Sep-2023

THE National Investigation Agency on Saturday raided 31 locations in Tamil Nadu and Telangana to thwart a radicalisation and recruitment campaign by proscribed global terror group ISIS, an official said. Several digital devices, documents and incriminating books in vernacular and Arabic languages, and Rs 60 lakh as well as USD 18,200 in cash were seized during the searches, a spokesperson of the federal anti-terror agency said. The official said the agency is in the process of examining the data in the seized mobile phones, laptops and hard discs.
NIA teams raided 22 locations in Coimbatore, three in Chennai and one in Kadaiyanallur of Tenkasi district in Tamil Nadu, and another five locations in Telengana’s Hyderabad, the spokesperson said. The searches were conducted in connection with a case, registered by NIA Chennai under various sections of the IPC and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, that pertains to clandestine operations by a group of individuals to radicalise gullible youth, the official said. “The radicalisation was being carried out in the garb of holding Arabic language classes through their Regional Study Centres. Such radicalisation activities were being flashed through social media platforms and online messaging services like WhatsApp and Telegram,” the spokesperson said.