NIA raids 20 locations in South India in connection with massive naxal conspiracy case

New Delhi, Oct 13: The National Investigation Agency conducted raids at multiple locations in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in connection with a naxalite related case.

Searches were conducted in 20 locations at the premises of the naxalites. 12 locations in Tamil Nadu-Chennai, Coimbatore, Theni, Ramanathapuram, Salem, Kanyakumari, and Krishnagiri were carried out.

Read more

With Islamic State in overdrive mode particularly in South India, NIA sounds a high alert

New Delhi, Sep 18: The Islamic State is trying to further operations in the country. The recent chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency is a clear indicator of how dangerous the group is.

The ISIS had in fact scouted for land in the forests of South India to set up training camps and launch pads. In addition to this, the agency has also noticed an increase in online activity by the group.

The primary concern is still Kerala and the highest number of recruits are emerging from that state an officer told OneIndia on condition of anonymity. The NIA has so far investigated 37 cases of terror attacks, conspiracy and funding which have been inspired by the ISIS ideology.

Read more

The ISIS Daishwilayahs in the forests of South India

New Delhi, Sep 17: The National Investigation Agency which is probing several cases relating to the Islamic State. In its latest chargesheet the NIA has spoken about the ISIS trying to set up modules inside the forests in South India.

During the course of the investigations, the NIA learnt that these operatives were in the process of setting up an ISIS Daishwilayah or province inside the jungles of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. When it was unraveled in 2020, the NIA said that this was the first of its kind plot.

The case arose following the arrest of a few persons who had conspired at Salem and Chennai who had fraudulently activated SIM cards by using multiple identity documents of various persons without their knowledge and consent.

Read more

NIA charges Kerala man who helped set up ISIS province in forests of South India

New Delhi, June 16: The National Investigation Agency has filed a chargesheet against an ISIS terrorist from Chennai. The case was first registered by the Q Branch CID, Chennai against Syed Ali, a resident of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. 

The case arose following the arrest of a few persons who had conspired at Salem and Chennai who had fraudulently activated SIM cards by using multiple identity documents of various persons without their knowledge and consent. 

Read more

17 cases, 122 arrests by NIA pertaining to Islamic State cases in South India

New Delhi, Sep 16: The National Investigation Agency has registered 17cases related to the presence of Islamic State in the southern states.

The states in which cases have been registered are Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Further the agency has also arrested 122 operatives, the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

Read more

On ISIS recruits in South India, UN forgets to make a very honourable mention of Tamil Nadu

ISIS-flag-afp-640x480New Delhi, July 27: The United Nations in its report spoke about the significant number of ISIS terrorists in Kerala and Karnataka. The report said that there are a significant number of ISIS terrorists in both states and the Al-Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent has around 200 terrorists from India.

Both these claims are not new and are known very well to the Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the investigating agencies such as the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Read more

Chennai ISIS module members were in process of setting up wilayah in South Indian forests

niaNew Delhi, June 24: The National Investigation Agency has filed a chargesheet against 12 people in connection with the Chennai Islamic State case.

The NIA charged, Pachaiyappan, Rajesh, Anbarasan T, Abdul Rahiman, Liyakath Ali, Mohammed Haneef Khan, Imran Khan, Mohammed Zaid, Ejaz Pasha, Hussain Shariff, Khaja Mohideen and Mahboob Pasha.

Read more 

Recent ISIS arrests are just a ‘needle in South India’s jihadi haystack’

isis-mn1While our attention was diverted toward terrorism in Kashmir and away from homegrown terrorism down south, intelligence agencies have now turned their heads towards the region which needs a lot of effort to counter the radicalisation that has spread. Counter-terrorism expert Animesh Roul explains how one should go about it?

There have been a series of raids in the past couple of months in South India. The raids are largely focused on the Islamic State and the deep infestation of radicalisation in South India.

The National Investigation Agency has learnt that the ISIS has been teaming up smaller radical groups in South India to expand its base. To discuss this issue further, we caught up with counter-terrorism expert, Animesh Roul from the New Delhi based policy research group Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict.

Read more

ISIS arrests in South: Discourse on Islamic radicalisation can no longer remain in the sidelines

isis-ter-minThe arrests of the ISIS operatives by the Delhi Police opened up a can of worms literally. The busting of this module led to the police finding that there were many operatives who were part of this network. And the police is talking of a pan-India network with its largest presence in South India.

The past week has seen plenty of development in South India regarding the Islamic State. The revenge attack in which a police officer was killed brutally by terrorists leaning towards the ISIS was yet another wake up call about how deeply infested the problem of terror and radicalisation is down South.

The police have arrested Towfiq and Shamim in connection with the murder of the special sub-inspector Wilson at the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. The two, said to be associated with the ISIS, were arrested from the Udupi Railway station in Karnataka.

Read more

Caliphate the real destination for Muslims: Radicalisation in Kerala more dangerous than Kashmir

abhinav-pandya-mnIn an interview with Abhinav Pandya, author of “Radicalisation in India-An Exploration,” Vicky Nanjappa travels down the path to South India to understand the challenges that radicalisation poses in Kerala

Radicalisation is one of India’s major concerns. Kerala and Kashmir face this problem the most and the fight ahead is an extremely crucial one.

In this context an in-depth and interesting book, “Radicalisation in India-An Exploration,” has hit the stands. The book authored by Abhinav Pandya, a Cornell University graduate in public affairs, who also writes for India’s premier think-tank Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) is extremely well researched. It goes into the most intricate details of radicalisation especially in the state of Kerala and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Read more