New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday lauded the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for busting a suspected terror module after late night raids, saying that it was a major success.
“Yes this is a big success because the operation took place on the basis of intelligence inputs and we were successfully able to catch the culprits,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told the media here.
Earlier today, the NIA detained 11 people for suspected terror links to ISIS in raids which it conducted at several places in Hyderabad this morning.
The raids were conducted following a tip off about suspicious terror-related activities in Hyderabad.
NIA IG Sanjeev Kumar told ANI over telephone that the agency has conducted searches at around 10 locations in the city.
“The searches are still going on. Weapons, explosives’ material and huge cash have been recovered so far,” he said.
NIA sources told ANI that they had information that 5 of those detained on Wednesday were involved in terrorist activities. An FIR was registered against them on June 22.
Those five people were identified as Mohammad Illiyas Yazdani, Mohammad Ibrahim, Habib Mohd, Mohammad Irfan, Abdullah Bin Ahmad, according to the NIA.
Rs 15 lakh cash, a 9 mm pistol, an air gun and chemicals used in highly explosive devices were recovered from the suspects. The NIA also seized a few training materials during the searches.
Earlier this year in January, 14 people who were suspected sympathisers of the ISIS were held from across the country by the NIA, out of which, two suspects were arrested in Hyderabad.