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NIA gets further custody of 5 alleged members of Isis-inspired group

The court remanded the other five accused in judicial custody after the agency said they were not required for custodial interrogation

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Five of the 10 accused, arrested in ISIS case, being produced at a special NIA court in New Delhi, Thursday
Five of the 10 accused, arrested in ISIS case, being produced at a special NIA court in New Delhi | Photo: PTI

A court Monday extended the NIA custody of five of the 10 people arrested on suspicion of being members of an ISIS-inspired group who were allegedly planning suicide attacks and serial blasts, targeting politicians as also government installations, in and other parts of

The court remanded the other five accused in judicial custody after the agency said they were not required for custodial interrogation.

The court extended the NIA custody of Mufti Mohammed Suhail alias Hazrath (29) and Saqib Iftekar (26) till January 12.

(20), Rashid Zafar Raq alias Zafar (23) and (24) were sent to further custodial interrogation till January 10.

The others -- Zubair's brother (22), Saeed alias Sayeed (28), his brother Raees Ahmad, (in late 20s) and (35) -- were sent to judicial custody till February till February after the NIA did not seek their further remand.

Prashant Prakash, appearing for the accused, opposed the NIA plea for further custodial interrogation, saying there was no fresh ground.

The 10 accused were produced by NIA before Rakesh Syal, who ordered in-camera proceedings.

They were earlier produced before the court on December 27 after which they were sent to 10-day NIA custody which will expire tomorrow.

They were arrested on December 26 after NIA carried out searches, in coordination with special cell of Police and Anti-Terrorism Squad of Police, at six places in Jafrabad, Seelampur in Delhi, and 11 places in - six in Amroha, two in Lucknow, two in Hapur and two in

According to NIA, a locally-made rocket launcher, material for suicide vests, 12 pistols, several rounds of live ammunition and 112 alarm clocks to be used as timers were recovered from the searches.

The agency had also said it recovered 25 kg of explosive material -- Potassium Nitrate, Ammonium Nitrate and Sulphur.

The group allegedly had also purchased remote control cars and to use their circuits in assembling remote controlled improvised

Besides, the NIA also recovered steel containers, electric wires, 91 mobile phones, SIM cards, 3 laptops, knife, sword, Islamic State in and (ISIS)-related literature and Rs 7.5 lakh cash during the searches.

The probe agency had initially rounded up 16 persons of the group 'Harkat ul Harb e Islam', which loosely translates into war for the cause of Islam.

Of the 16 detained, 10 were later arrested - five from Amroha, in UP and five from Seelampur and Jafrabad localities in north-east Delhi, the agency had said.

First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 18:10 IST
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