Indian Agencies claim arresting atleast 127 Daesh/ISIS terrorists across the country
NEW DELHI - Indian Agencies claim arresting atleast 127 Daesh/ISIS terrorists across the country, Media report had revealed.
Ministry of Home Affairs had denied the presence of Daesh (Islamic State) in the country for many years, maintaining that peace-loving Indian Muslims would not get involved with the terror organization. Since the second half of 2018, however, a large number of suspects linked to Daesh have been arrested across India.
Admitting the growing presence of Daesh (Islamic State) in the country; India’s apex terror investigative body National Investigative Agency (NIA) said on Monday, that the agency had arrested at least 127 people and has a list of as many suspects to be arrested shortly.
The accused in a majority of the Daesh cases were radicalised by watching videos made by Islamic Preacher Zakir Naik, according to the NIA.
“To date, the NIA has arrested a total of 127 people from different parts of the country in connection with ISIS ties. The largest number of people were arrested in Tamil Nadu (33), Uttar Pradesh (19), Kerala (17), Telangana (14), Maharashtra (12), Karnataka (8) and Delhi (7),” NIA chief Yogesh Chandra said on Monday.
A total of 125 suspects trying to spread their wings in Bihar, Maharashtra and Kerala are on the radar, he added.
Based on the interrogation of several of the accused, it was confirmed that one of the common factors in the radicalisation of these persons was Naik, another senior NIA official claimed.