Ahead of Republic Day, the
Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad has arrested nine suspects including a 17-Year-Old
for alleged terror links with ISIS from Maharashtra's Mumbra, Thane and Aurangabad
on Tuesday. All of them are allegedly having links with the ISIS terror group, according
to the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS).
Maharashtra ATS was investigating the presence of sleeper cells in the state
ahead of Republic Day.
Based on "reliable" intelligence
inputs, the ATS sleuths gathered "relevant information about them"
and started tracking the 9 "for several weeks."
"The group was likely to swing
into action", when the ATS formed about a dozen teams and simultaneously
carried out raids at five different locations in Mumbra, Thane and Aurangabad
Chemicals, explosives, mobile phones,
hard drives, SIM cards, acid bottles and sharp knives were found during the
The investigators have not revealed
the names of the arrested persons.
The terror suspects have been
arrested for criminal conspiracy and unlawful activities.
Similarly, a year ago, in November
2017, Abu Zaid, was arrested just as he landed at the Mumbai airport from Saudi
Arabia. Abu was part of an ISIS module that was planning an attack in India but
was busted before they could raise the money for it.