NIA gets 12-day custody of IS suspects

Hyderabad, July 1 (IANS) A city court on Friday sent five members of a suspected Islamic State (IS) module to 12 day custodys of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The agency, which arrested the youth on Wednesday, sought their custody for 30 days but the court only granted 12 days custody.

The metropolitan sessions judge pronounced the orders after hearing the arguments of both the prosecution and defence lawyers through the day.

The five youth, who were sent to judicial custody for 14 days on Thursday, are currently lodged in Cherlapally Jail. The NIA is likely to take them in its custody on Saturday.

The agency prosecution told the court that it need to interrogate the accused to gather more details about the terror plot, their targets, their handler in IS, their contacts in other parts of the country and the source of arms, chemicals and Rs 15 lakh seized from them.

The defence counsel, however, opposed the NIA petition saying there is no need for further questioning as the accused revealed whatever they could during 24 hours custody.

The NIA had detained 11 youth during searches at 10 places in the old city of Hyderabad.

Five of them were arrested. They are Mohammed Ibrahim Yazdani, 30, Habeeb Mohammed, 32, Mohammed Ilyas Yazdani, 24, Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Amoodi 30 and Muzaffar Hussain Rizwan, 29.

The NIA said the youth were conspiring to commit terrorist acts in various parts of the country. According to the agency, they were planning to target public places including religious sites and sensitive government buildings.

The NIA said it seized chemicals used in making explosives, two semi automatic pistols, an airgun with telescopic sight and shooting practice target boards.

According to the NIA, the preliminary examination revealed that the youth were preparing IED for commission of terrorist acts and were being guided by an online handler suspected to be based in Iraq/Syria.



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