On Wednesday, the National Investigation Agency has detained Mohammed Azarudeen, the suspected mastermind of ISIS Tamil Nadu module, who was a social media friend of Sri Lankan suicide bomber Zahran Hashim, after it carried out cordon and searches at 7 locations in Coimbatore, reports source.
During the search operations, NIA has seized 10 pen drives, 14 smart phones, 29 SIM cards, 6 memory cards, 3 laptops, 4 hard disc drivers, 13 CDs/DVDs, and 1 internet dongle, besides an electric baton, one dagger, a large files of incriminating documents, 300 air-gun pellets, reads the statement of the NIA.
Few pamphlets of Social Democratic Party of India and Popular Front of India, both under the scanner of probe agencies have also been seized from the workplace and houses of Mr. Azarudeen.
Based on the recovery, probe agency has started interrogating the suspect about the material, it said.
On May 30, a case was filed against the module reportedly led by 32-year-old Mohammed Azarudeen and five other accused from Coimbatore.
The NIA had also received the information that the suspect and his associates were reportedly cultivating ISIS ideology on social media platform and were recruiting young people.
On April 21, ISIS had claimed responsibility for serial suicidal bombings in Sri Lanka, in which over 9 suicide bombers were linked. Over 258 people have lost their lives and 500 others badly wounded in the attacks in Sri Lanka.