New Delhi: The NIA on Sunday arrested two alleged Islamic State (IS) sympathisers from Hyderabad as part of its larger probe into Indian youngsters being radicalised to carry out terror strikes on behalf of the banned international outfit.
A force spokesperson said they have arrested Hyderabad-based Mohammed Abdullah Basith, 24, and Mohd Abdul Qhadeer, 19, to "ascertain the details of the ongoing conspiracy and also their role in furthering the ISIS ideology to carry out terrorist acts in India".
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing a case since 2016 where it is alleged that the members of the IS "were involved in a conspiracy to identify, motivate, radicalise, recruit and train Indian Muslim youth on behalf of the proscribed outfit IS to carry out terror activities".
Two accused arrested by the NIA in this case earlier have been sent to seven years in jail after they pleaded guilty of the charges while trial against Adnan Hassan is ongoing.
"During further investigation, a fresh input was received from reliable sources that Basith, who was connected with accused Adnan Hassan and some of his associates are in regular touch with each other and conspiring to further the activities of IS, a proscribed terrorist organisation in India," an NIA spokesperson said.
The central agency subsequently conducted raids at seven locations in Hyderabad on August 6 as part of these fresh leads, he said.
A lot of incriminating material was recovered and seized and it has been sent to CFSL Hyderabad for analysis and data extraction, he added.
"The initial questioning/interviewing done so far has brought out the involvement of accused Abdullah Basith, Mohd Abdul Qhadeer and other associates pledging their allegiance to the proscribed terrorist organisation IS to carry out terror activities in India," the spokesperson said.