PATNA: The Central Intelligence Agencies including National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) along with Gaya police have nabbed three suspects allegedly owning allegiance to global terror outfit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from different locations in Gaya district on Saturday.
Intelligence agency sources said the suspects have been identified at Mohammad Anwar Hussain (24), Mohammad Shammi (22) and Mohammad Shaad (22). Arms and ammunition including a country made 9mm pistol have also been seized from their possession.
Sources said that they were under surveillance for a long time and were involved in financial transaction made to different part of the country for terror funding and luring youths for ISIS. Two posters appealing youths to join ISIS were also found in Rohtas and Aurangabad in Bihar in last one year.
They also said the trio have associates in primarily in Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Kerala and UP.
A senior intelligence officer on condition of anonymity, said that Anwar was running a marble cutting shop in Maroofganj under Civil Lines police station area but behind the curtain he along with the others were working as a covert agents for ISIS to build its network for terror attack across India.
“On basis of the interrogation of Anwar, Shammi and Shaad were also picked up from Kotwali police station area and were being interrogated rigorously,” the officer said adding that it was on indication of Anwar that the arms and ammunitions were also recovered.
“A special team consisting of officers of central intelligence agencies and Gaya police was formed after specific intelligence input on the trio. They were kept under surveillance for several weeks,” sources said adding more suspects might be arrested on basis of the ongoing interrogation.
Within 23 days, this is another terror activity which has surfaced in the Gaya. On January 19, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terrorist had planted three IEDs near Kalchakra ground, Mahabodhi Temple and Tibetan monastery aiming to kill Buddhist Monks who had reached from across the globe, allegedly to revenge atrocities on Rohingya Muslims. NIA recently took over the investigation of case from Gaya police.
Earlier on September 12, last year, Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist and 2008 Ahmedabad serial blast accused Tausif Khan was also arrested in Gaya. Tausif, after adopting identity of a school teacher Atique and had continuously attended meeting with sympathisers of banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India organised across the country. Source : timesofindia