The National Investigation Agency said on Thursday that they seized digital evidence, incriminating evidence in the raids conducted at the residences of suspects in the case. In a preliminary investigation, NIA said that the accused were planning to conduct suicidal attacks to strike terror among people of a particular faith.
In a statement, the agency said that they conducted searches at 43 locations in Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Thursday including in Chennai, Coimbatore, Thiruvallur, Thiruppur, Nilgiris, Chengalpet, Kanchipuram, Nagapattinam and at Palakkad, Kerala.
“According to preliminary investigations, the accused, Jamesha Mubeen, after taking oath to ISIS, was planning to carry out suicidal attacks and cause extensive damage to symbols and monuments of a particular religious faith with intention to strike terror among a particular section of community,” the NIA said in a statement.
The agency said that six persons have been arrested in the case till date and the accused persons conspired with deceased Jamesha Mubeen to procure different chemicals and other ingredients for manufacturing IEDs. The purchases were made through online shopping platforms to commit sensational terrorist acts, NIA said.
On October 23, a day before Diwali, an explosive-laden car driven by a radicalised Muslim youth, Jamesha Mubin, blasted in front of the Kottai Easwaran temple in Coimbatore. Reportedly, a cylinder inside the car blasted killing Mubin. The case was transferred to the NIA by the state government. The NIA also registered an FIR, two days after taking over the investigation and six suspects were detained under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).