Police today busted a suspected module of terrorist organisation Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the capital Delhi. The Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested three people in this connection. The three are reportedly being described as ISIS terrorists.
The police captured the suspected militants following an encounter in Wazirabad area of Delhi on Thursday morning and recovered a cache of arms from them. This ‘encounter’ did not involve firing and so no injury has been reported.
“They were highly radicalised. Two of them were accused in the killing of a Hindu leader Suresh Kumar. One of them was accused of attempting to murder a Hindu leader in Tamil Nadu,” an officer of the special cell said today. “One foreign-based handler was handling them via a social media application. They went to Nepal and were searching for opportunities, waiting for instructions to carry out terror attacks in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi-NCR,” he added.
Abdul Samad (28), Syed Ali Nawaz (32) and Khwaja Moinuddin (52) are the names of the three suspected ISIS terrorists arrested in Delhi. Moinuddin had been arrested earlier in ISIS-related cases. He was a member of a module of the ISIS in Tamil Nadu.
An officer in the team that raided the hideout said, other than Moinuddin, the entire module may not be linked to the ISIS, but all the three are terrorists nonetheless. The police can confirm their exact affiliation after interrogation and further investigation, he said.
Delhi is on a high alert these days anyway. The reasons for this include the ongoing protests against the amended citizenship law popularly referred to as the CAA and the Republic Day Parade.
In December 2018, the nation’s security apparatus first got a whiff of an ISIS module operating in the capital. The NIA had then raided 16 places in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The security agencies said their conspiracy was to terrorise Delhi with a series of bombings.
An ISIS module was busted in Delhi in November 2019 too.