More folks in West Bengal working for Al-Qaeda: NIA

Kolkata, September 21

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which arrested six Al-Qaeda terrorists from Murshidabad district of West Bengal not too long ago, has discovered that extra folks within the state have been working for the  terror outfit, mentioned an official of the investigating company.

On interrogating  the six arrested from Murshidabad on Saturday, the NIA  sleuths have unearthed the identities of two individuals from Malda working in tandem with them, he mentioned.

“There are extra members unfold in different districts of West Bengal in addition to different states having hyperlinks to al-Qaeda,” the official added.

In truth,  the 2 from Malda have been current in a gathering on the Murshidabad home on Thursday evening. They had left the place early Friday morning and the six have been arrested by the NIA on Saturday.

Also learn: NIA arrests 9 suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists from Kerala, West Bengal

“The two are now on the run and a search for them has started ,” the official advised PTI on Monday.

According to the NIA sources, out of the six arrested, two are college students having shut hyperlinks to some individuals in Kashmir.

A number of SIM playing cards which have been seized from their possession, the laptop computer and the cellphones utilized by these two college students, revealed their hyperlink to “unknown” individuals in Kashmir.

“One of the 2 is a second yr undergraduate pupil of laptop science at Basantapur Engineering College in Domkal, whereas one other is a primary yr pupil in a university in Karimpur. The laptop computer and the cellphones which these two have been utilizing confirmed a number of contacts in Kashmir, Kerala and different states. They have been utilizing a number of SIM playing cards. Several WhatsApp chats  and video conferences have been held utilizing these numbers.

“There are several groups created on WhatsApp (by them). Several communicating apps were also used. We are questioning them,” he mentioned.

The  NIA sleuths on Sunday evening carried out a raid on the home of Abu Sufiyan, one of many six arrested from Murshidabad, and questioned his relations, mentioned the officer.

They seized electrical circuits and different gadgets from a concrete-bunker discovered inside Sufiyan’s residence, he added.

The NIA had on Saturday arrested 9 terrorists related to a Pakistan-sponsored module of al-Qaeda, the transnational terror outfit, after conducting simultaneous raids at a number of places in Kerala and West Bengal.

The raids have been carried out on Saturday at Ernakulam in Kerala and Murshidabad in West Bengal.

The NIA has learnt about an inter-state module of al- Qaeda operatives at numerous places in India, together with West Bengal and Kerala. PTI

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