The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has detained fourteen men from Tamil Nadu, accused of raising funds in Dubai to develop an ISIS cell of the terror outfit in India, reports the probe agency.

These fourteen men reportedly supported another terror outfit, Al-Qaeda and have connections with Ansarullah, a terror outfit in Yemen, said NIA sources. They operate with distinct names, including Jamaath Wahadat-e-Islam Al Jihadiye, Wahadat-e-Islam, and Jihadist Islamic Unit.

The United Arab Emirates had detained them in prison for six months ahead of deporting them to India. 

On Monday, the NIA had sent the accused men to Chennai, where a court has sent them under police custody till July 25. 

The NIA claims that the terror outfit, most of them are management professionals, had made the UAE their residence, and one had been staying for 32-years in Dubai.

The NIA Public Prosecutor CS Pillai said that “they have knowingly raised funds to use for terror attacks. The ideology is to establish ISIS in India by waging a war against the government of India.”

Following their interrogation, the NIA has detained two men in Nagapattinam – Hassan Ali and Harish Muhammad. Sources claim that Mr. Ali is an ISIS operative, who has long been recruiting terrorists to conduct terror operations in India.

Mr. Ali has also posted videos asked his supporters to introduce strikes using vehicles as weapons or with poison, explosives, and knives, said sources. 

The NIA has been cracking down on reported ISIS outfits for the last few months. 

Five men were detained in Coimbatore over reported links with the accused suicide bomber behind the terrible Easter attacks in Sri Lanka, which took lives of over 200 people. Their families also claimed that it was a targeted action on Muslim outfits. 

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