The anti-terror federal probe agency NIA on Thursday (November 2, 2023) said it has arrested eighth suspect Mohammad Shahnawaz Alam in connection with its probe into the activities of the Pune ISIS module.
The NIA in an official statement said the accused is believed to be actively involved in promoting terrorist activities of the designated foreign terrorist organisation.
It further said Alam, a resident of Hazaribagh in Jharkhand, was directly associated with other arrested individuals in the ongoing Pune ISIS module case. “Investigations revealed that Alam played an active role in the reconnaissance and recce of various locations intended for use as hideouts, as well as in the conduct of firing classes and training in the fabrication of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) practices,” the NIA alleged.
It further said, Alam also managed to escape from Pune Police on 19.07.2023, when he was caught red handed for attempting bike theft, along with Md. Imran khan and Md. Yunus Saki.
“Subsequently, it came to light that they were active ISIS operatives,” the NiA added.
Further, NIA had declared a reward of Rs. 3 lakh (Rupees Three Lakh only) for information leading to the capture of Alam, it said.
The agency said that investigations also revealed that the accused persons had plans to commit terrorist acts , with the aim to disturb peace and communal harmony of the country in furtherance of the ISIS agenda.
ISIS, also known as Islamic State (IS), Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Daish, Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), ISIS Wilayat Khorasan, and Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham Khorasan (ISIS-K), has been actively pursuing an anti-India agenda and spreading terror and violence across the country through a series of violent acts.
The NIA has been carrying out extensive investigations to foil the terrorist outfit’s plans to spread terror and violence in India, it claimed.