In recent months, Indian security agencies have unearthed alarming evidence of ISIS terror modules operating within the country. Investigations have revealed chilling plots aimed at spreading mayhem through improvised explosive devices.
Key Suspects on the Run as Manhunt Intensifies
Several individuals linked to busted ISIS modules remain fugitives, including some considered highly dangerous. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has announced bounties of Rs 3 lakh each for 4 accused in the ISIS Pune module case. These include Mohammed Shahnawaz Alam, Rizwan Abdul Haji Ali, Abdullah Fayaz Shaikh and Talha Liyakat Khan.
Alam is an expert bomb maker who escaped police custody in Pune. Shaikh hosted bomb-making workshops at his Pune shop which was used as a lab for testing IEDs. Shaikh and Khan have fled overseas to Oman. The NIA is pursuing legal channels for their extradition.
Meticulous Planning for Large-Scale Mayhem
Investigations reveal the minutiae of how the terror modules operated. The explosive materials used in the Pune bomb workshop originated from a huge consignment procured by the Al-Sufa ISIS cell in Madhya Pradesh.
This 12 kg cache was meant for bomb blasts across Rajasthan. After being apprehended, Al-Sufa mastermind Imran Khan escaped and supplied part of this consignment for the Pune workshop. Two associates helped transport and hide the explosives near Mumbai.
Multi-City Raids Expose Alarming Links
The NIA has conducted over 50 raids across Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. These exposed linkages between terror suspects and criminal networks involved in drugs, arms supply, extortion and illicit trade.
Probe findings show how radicalisation is taking place inside jails, with terror elements collaborating with imprisoned criminals. Many key conspirators have escaped abroad, coordinating with groups in Pakistan, UAE, Canada and Portugal.
Sleeper Cells Primed for Striking Across India
From Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the south to Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, intelligence inputs point to well-entrenched ISIS nodes ready for activation. The recoveries of explosives, illegal arms and jihadi literature reveal these cells were in advanced stages of planning strikes.
NIA investigations continue to uncover more information on the scale and spread of this substantial terror threat. However, the escape of dangerous bomb experts like Alam remains a concern. Catching these fugitives is vital for India’s national security.