Hyderabad: The four suspects, who were picked up by National Investigation Agency (NIA), might have used three walkie-talkies for proper communication between them probably to carry forward their plans.
Fearing that the police would trace them if they use private mobile phone services, the quartet could have relied on walkie-talkies.
The NIA and Telangana police carried out several search operations and arrested ISIS sympathisers from old city and adjoining areas. Mobile phones and electronic gadgets were also seized from them. But for the first time in Hyderabad, investigators confiscated three walkie-talkies during a pre-drawn search that lasted over six hours on Saturday.
In addition to three walkie-talkies, the NIA has seized an external hard disk, two laptops, 11 SIM cards and other electronic gadgets.
In the supplementary chargesheet that was filed against the two youngsters – Abdullah Basith and Mohammed Abdul Qhadeer – both residents of Chandrayangutta – in February 2019, the NIA said Basith was continuously making efforts to propagate the ideology of ISIS in India.
He entered into a conspiracy with Adnan Hassan, an ISIS handler hiding abroad, and his associates by forming a gang. He and his associates were involved in identifying, motivating and radicalising gullible youth to join hands with him in the conspiracy.
It was clearly established that Qhadeer came under the influence of Basith because of common intention to propagate the ideology of ISIS in the country for which he actively meeting other gang members.
The seizure of explosive substances from his possession established the very intention to know as how to fabricate an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the grab of making a smoke bomb. His temperament and intention fit in the typical characteristics of the ‘lone wolf’, the NIA said in the chargesheet.
Both became part of the conspiracy as supporters as well as active members in advocacy of philosophy ISIS in India.
Neighbours term suspect as soft spoken man
The suspect, who was picked from his house in King’s Colony in Shastripuram on the city outskirts had rented the house around five months ago. He was staying along with his wife, in the two bedroom house on the second floor of the recently constructed building.
Neighbours describe him as a soft spoken man who would confine himself to his house. His wife is very conservative and hardly interacted with any families in the building where around six families live.
A few days ago, his parents had visited him and stayed here for a few days. Two days ago, his sister also visited him and stayed for a couple of days before leaving, neighbours told ‘Telangana Today’.
On Saturday at around 4.30 am, plain clothed policemen along with National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths surrounded the building. They woke up the person on the ground floor and asked him to open the gate. Later, they walked up to the second floor of the building and went to the house of suspect, where they spent close to six hours questioning and searching the house.
It is learnt, mother-in-law of the suspect was also present in the house at the time of the searches and she was also questioned by the NIA officials. Later, the officials seized some material from the house and whisked away the man from the house to their office at Madhapur.
Scores of people on learning about the incident gathered near the house to have a “dekho” of the happening. A local of the area on condition of anonymity said that some plain-clothed policemen had visited the area on Friday and spent some time studying the topography. They interacted with few local shopkeepers and left the area.