Coimbatore: NIA officials question two more youngsters for suspected IS links

Coimbatore: Two more youths from the city have been picked up for questioning by the NIA to probe their alleged association with a suspected IS operative, arrested a few days ago in neighbouring Kerala, police said on Sunday.

NIA officials are questioning them in the police commissioner's office, they said, adding that the two hail from Ukkadam in Coimbatore.

Representational image. News 18

Representational image. News-18

Based on inputs received from Abu Basheer, a suspected IS operative, NIA has so far questioned 15 persons from the city, later let off,  who were in the Facebook and telephone contact list of Basheer and
seized laptops, mobile phones and some electronic gadgets from
them.

Basheer, hailing from Tamil Nadu, was among the six arrested from Kannur in Kerala recently for being part of an Islamic State-inspired module that allegedly conspired to carry out terror attacks.

On Saturday, four people with suspected links to Islamic State (IS) were been picked up by NIA and are being questioned to probe their alleged association with another suspect arrested from Kannur in Kerala.

They were picked up by NIA late on Saturday night after their names were found in the contact list of Abu Basheer, one of the six arrested from Kannur recently, police said.

The four are residents of GM Nagar area in Ukkadam, where Basheer also stayed some time back and offered "lucrative jobs" abroad to many youths, police said.