NIA busts Pak-sponsored al-Qaida module; 9 terrorists arrested from West Bengal, Kerala

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday said Pakistan-sponsored al-Qaeda module planning to attack vital installations in India has been busted by them. Nine terrorists including the head of the module were taken into custody early on Saturday morning in simultaneous raids at Murshidabad in West Bengal and Ernakulam in Kerala.
As per the initial investigation, the nine arrested accused were radicalized by Pakistan-based al-Qaeda terrorists on social media and motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places including Delhi National Capital Region. The module was actively indulging in fundraising and a few members of the gang were planning to travel to New Delhi to procure arms and ammunition. These arrests have pre-empted possible terrorist attacks in various parts of the country, said NIA.
The arrested individuals include Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Biswas, Mosaraf Hossen (all from Ernakulam), and Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal, and Atitur Rehman (Murshidabad residents).NIA had earlier learnt about an inter-state module of al-Qaeda operatives at various locations in India including West-Bengal and Kerala and registered a case in this regard on September 11, 2020. Of the nine arrests made, six were from West-Bengal and three from Kerala. A large quantity of incriminating materials including digital devices, documents, jihadi literature, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, a locally fabricated body armour, articles and literature used for making home-made explosive devices have been seized from their possession.