Tamil Nadu: 14 Men Raised Funds To Set Up ISIS Cell In India Says Sources

Tamil Nadu: 14 Men Raised Funds To Set Up ISIS Cell In India Says Sources

Tamil Nadu: 14 Men Raised Funds To Set Up ISIS Cell In India Says Sources 

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency arested around Fourteen men from Tamil Nadu who were accused of raising  funds in Dubai to set up a cell of the terror group in ISIS in India, sources in the probe agency said.

The sources also said that the men allegedly support another terror group, Al-Qaeda, and have links with Ansarullah, a terrorist group in Yemen. They operate in different names including Wahadat-e-Islam, Jamaath Wahadat-e-Islam Al Jihadiye and Jihadist Islamic Unit.

Last week, the UAE had kept them in jail for six months before deporting them to India.

On Monday, the probe agency flew the men to Chennai, where a court sent them to custody till July 25.

Investigators say the group, many of them management professionals, had made the UAE their home. One of them had been staying in Dubai for 32 years.

"They have knowingly raised funds to use for terror attacks. The ideology is to establish ISIS in India by waging a war against the government of India," said NIA public prosecutor CS Pillai.

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Following their interrogation, the National Investigation Agency arrested two men in Nagapattinam - Harish Muhammad and Hassan Ali. Sources alleged Hassan Ali is an ISIS operative who has been recruiting people to strike India.

He also posted videos asking his supporters to launch strikes using vehicles as weapons, or with explosives, poison and knives, sources said.

The National Investigation Agency has been cracking down on alleged ISIS groups for the last few months.

Five men were arrested in Coimbatore over alleged links with the suspected suicide bomber behind the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people. Their families claimed it was a targeted action on Muslim groups.

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