NIA Officially Takes Over Musa Case


Kolkata: National investing agency on Saturday took over the case of Suspected IS Mohammad Masiuddin alias Musa. NIA today meets with CID and after that they took the case. Earlier, The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested one person for suspected links to terror group ISIS.

25-year-old Mohammad Masiuddin alias Musa was picked up from the Burdwan railway station on Monday evening when he was travelling to Birbhum district onboard the Viswabharati Fast Passenger train from Howrah railway station. A resident of Labhpur in Birbhum district, Masiuddin was under the NIA scanner for quite some time.

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Masiuddin has been brought to Kolkata and is being jointly interrogated by CID and NIA. Police have recovered a gun, one sharp weapon along with currency notes of Afghanistan and Syria from him. NIA is probing his possible links to Jamaat-Ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) as well as with ISIS.
“We had prior intelligence of a suspect having links with the IS, travelling to Birbhum via Howrah from Chennai. On the basis of such information, on Monday we intercepted Masiuddin at Burdwan railway station,” informed Dilip Kumar Adak, Deputy Inspector General (CID) of Kolkata Police.

Masiuddin used to live in Tirupur in Tamil Nadu along with his wife and two children and works at a grocery shop.  NIA sleuths had been tracking him since he began his journey to Kolkata from Tamil Nadu.

Musa got down at Howrah station on Monday and visited central Kolkata where he reportedly bought the sharp weapon. He then boarded the Visva Bharati passenger train from Howrah and left for his hometown in Birbhum. Acting on specific intelligence by the NIA, he was picked up by GRP and the Burdwan police on Monday night.’

According to sources, initial investigations suggest that Musa was following the ISIS on social media using internet. He is also said to be fluent in seven to eight languages. Police have seized his android mobile phone and are analysing its data. “Preliminary interrogations have revealed he might have links with foreign terror groups. We are also not ruling out his involvement with the IS,” added Adak.

Masiuddin has been initially booked under the Arms Act and will be produced before Howrah court on Wednesday. He will be further grilled by both state and central agencies after court grants custody.

The arrest comes in the wake of the Friday’s deadly terror attack in Dhaka where 20 people were slaughtered by terrorists. Islamic State had later claimed responsibility for the strike.

West Bengal has been put on high alert with the Border Security Force intensifying vigil across the porous Indo-Bangladesh border. In March, NIA had arrested an engineering student from the state suspected to be an IS facilitator.