National Investigative Agency to take over case of suspected Islamic State operatives held in Gujarat

The NIA will take over from Gujarat's Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in a case involving two suspected Islamic State operatives arrested in February in Gujarat.

PTI May 29, 2017 18:16:45 IST
National Investigative Agency to take over case of suspected Islamic State operatives held in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: The National Investigation Agency will take over from Gujarat's Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in a case involving two suspected Islamic State operatives arrested in February allegedly for plotting to spread terror in the state, a senior official said here on Monday.

National Investigative Agency to take over case of suspected Islamic State operatives held in Gujarat

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Waseem Ramodiya and his younger brother Naeem were arrested by the Gujarat ATS from Rajkot and Bhavnagar, respectively, for allegedly plotting to spread terror in the state on the instructions of their Islamic State handlers.

"The NIA will take over from the ATS the probe into a case involving two suspected ISIS operatives. We will hand over the probe documents to NIA officials in the coming days," a top ATS official has said.

The duo is presently lodged in Rajkot jail.

When Waseem and Naeem were in the custody of the ATS, an NIA team conducted a joint interrogation with ATS at the latter's headquarters here.

As per the FIR, the brothers were under surveillance for over a year for their suspected activities and communication with their alleged ISIS handlers.

It stated that Waseem and Naeem were about to carry out 'lone-wolf' attacks in Gujarat and had planned to escape to Syria after that.

During their interrogation by the ATS, it was revealed that Waseem had convinced Naeem to join him for spreading terror using various means, including planting bombs, the ATS official said

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