Lucknow Terror: How NIA tracked down ‘self-proclaimed’ ISIS terrorists

By: | Published: March 9, 2017 12:15 PM

The Anti-Terrorist Squad managed to kill the terrorist hiding inside a house in Thaklurganj area of Lucknow after 10 hours of long battle.

lucknow terror attack, ujjain train blast, saifullah fdead, nia tracks ISSI, isis attack in indiaHowever, it was the Counter Intelligence Cell of the Telangana Police that tracked, monitored and intercepted calls and messages of the suspected terrorists for months. (PTI)

The Anti-Terrorist Squad managed to kill the terrorist hiding inside a house in Thaklurganj area of Lucknow after 10 hours of long battle. However, it was the Counter Intelligence Cell of the Telangana Police that tracked, monitored and intercepted calls and messages of the suspected terrorists for months. According to the IE, all the module members, including the slain, Saifullah, who was identified as their leader were reported to have been under electronic surveillance for months. Although, their conversations never revealed anything about a plan to bomb the Bhopal-Ujjain Passenger train on Tuesday. Following the bomb going off on the train, the CIC informed the MP and UP DGPs about the identities and the locations of the terrorists. This led to the arrest of several members of the module in UP and MP.

According to a source, the CIC had concluded that these people had been swayed towards radicalism online and had bent their knees to the Islamic State’s Khorasan group. Telangana Polic also informed that the slain terrorist, Saifullah was constantly in touch with his handler in Syria or Iraq and was taking instructions from him. It was further reported that the same handler was recruiting people from Kerala. Although, the police and the NIA remain unclear about the handler’s location actually being in Syria or whether he has been in contact with any module that has been busted in the past in India. These alleged terrorists first ca,e under surveillance when the Intelligence agencies started monitoring IS propaganda websites with a greater frequency and downloaded IS speeches.

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Telangana Police says that this particular module had not been connected to any other module or terror organisations which had been taken down in the recent past. Rajesh Kumar, DIG of the CIC said that the DGP of UP would reveal all the details to the media in shortly. One of the NIA officials said that they would be investigating to find out if this group had anything to dow ith the UP men arrested for allegedly acting with the IS in the past.

IN 2016, the NIA had taken down Khalid Rizwan, as a part of a nationwide mission against the IS, resulting in the arrest of more than 20 people. In October 2016, the CIC had decoded texts between 6 men in Kerala recruited by an IS handler to plan terrorist attacks. In June 2016, the Telangana Police had provided the Nia with inputs to bust an IS terror module preparing to attack various police stations in Hyderabad.

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