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National Investigation Agency raids 10 places in Tamil Nadu in Islamic State module case

National Investigation Agency raids 10 places in Tamil Nadu in Islamic State module case
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The National Investigation Agency officials from Kochi carried out searches at 10 locations in Tamil Nadu on Monday in connection with an alleged conspiracy to form a terrorist group by some youngsters.

The searches were carried out at the residences of the 10 accused in Muthupet, Keelakarai, Devipattinam, Lalpet and Salem in connection with the case, which was earlier probed by the Keelakarai police station, the officials said.

During the searches, the agency has seized three laptops, an equal number of hard discs, 16 mobile phones, eight SIM cards, two pen drives, five memory cards and a card reader, besides two knives, the officials said.

The NIA has alleged that 10 people from Tamil Nadu had started a group on WhatsApp.

In 2018, according to the NIA, the group conspired to procure arms, raise funds to wage armed struggle, facilitate the escape of terrorists from jails and propagate their ideology to act against the state.

The case was initially registered by the Tamil Nadu Police on April 2, 2018, in the Ramanathapuram district under several sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act.

The police arrested nine accused, while one is absconding. Later, they were released on bail by the court.

(With inputs from agencies)

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During the searches, the agency has seized three laptops, an equal number of hard discs, 16 mobile phones, eight SIM cards, two pen drives, five memory cards and a card reader, besides two knives, the officials said.

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