HYDERABAD: A city court on Friday granted a 12-day police custody of five alleged IS operatives for further interrogation.
Hours after the court gave orders, the NIA officials wasted no time as they quickly completed all formalities, took custody of the accused and whisked them away to an undisclosed location on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
The five ISIS suspects - Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Amood, Mohammed Ibrahim Yazdani, Habeeb Mohammed, Mohammed Illiyas Yazdani and Muzaffar Hussain Rizwan would be in police custody till July 12. The NIA had sought a 30 day custody but the court granted only 12 days.
What the NIA wants to know
Though the NIA obviously wants to unearth the terror network in Hyderabad, they are keen to find out whether any of the accused, particularly Ibrahim Yazdani, who travelled to Saudi Arabia earlier, personally met any IS leaders.
The NIA also intends to know whether any terrorists of any group visited Hyderabad to meet the accused or whether they went out to meet anyone within the country. “We want to know whether anyone of them were in touch with militants operating in Kashmir valley or any other part of the country,” NIA sources said.
Asked whether any of the five were members of the proscribed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), NIA sources said it needs to be ascertained. “We are also probing whether they met Kashmiri separatist leader Asiya Andrabi (chief of fundamentalist outfit Dukhtaraan-e-Millat) when she visited Hyderabad last year to attend the funeral of former SIMI president Salahuddin.