Multiple 'ISIS' terrorists arrested across India in NIA's nationwide sweep
| Friday, January 22, 2016 - 22:58
A nationwide intense crackdown in search of terrorists today resulted in the arrests of more than ten terrorists with their allegiance to the Islamic State in major Indian cities across the nation.
With the NIA (National Investigation Agency) working intimately with the respective state police, four terrorists from Bangalore, four from Hyderabad, two from Mumbai, and four from Haridwar have been caught in this vigorous manhunt. The terrorists caught in Hyderabad were planning to target the Ardh Kumbh.
This wake in the arrest of terrorists and suspected terrorists has its connection with the Republic Day celebrations in India, a national event not historically elusive to terror threats. French president Francois Hollande will be the Chief Guest during the Republic Day celebrations amidst expectations of a conclusive deal on India's purchase of Rafale fighter jets.
Confirming this fresh influx of terrorists in the country, Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India, said, "All of those who have been caught till now, those who are still under our observation . . . our thoughts on the matter is that, after so many years, we have had this kind of large-scale crackdown of the terrorists everywhere. So this suggests that how we are, in a fully-focused way, taking our steps. And the commitment of giving the people of the country a secured environment to live in, we're moving in that direction."
These network of terrorists related to the ISIS were planning for simultaneous bomb blasts across the subcontinent. Albeit these arrests does not decisively spell complete breakdown of terror modules and sleeper cells, continuous raids and searches are being conducted across major terror-related hotspots of the country.