ISIS module case: Terrorists may have used remote-controlled cars to make explosives, reveals NIA

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First Published 12, Jan 2019, 5:07 PM IST
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An NIA probe in the ISIS module case revealed that the main accused had brought toys and remote-controlled cars to use them in the bomb blasts that they were planning to execute in Delhi-NCR

New Delhi: A National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe in the case of an ISIS-inspired Harkut-ul-Harb-e-Islam module – who were allegedly planning attacks and serial blasts targeting politicians and government installations in Delhi-NCR – revealed that the main accused had brought toys and remote-controlled cars to use them in bomb blasts. They were given to the kids of the family of the main accused so that it goes by undetected as they are purchased in bulk.

According to the NIA sources, the investigators have seized a remote-controlled toy car which the main accused had given to his niece. “During the investigation, it has been found that Mohammad Sohail (the main accused) had bought a remote-controlled car which was supposed to be used in blasts in Delhi-NCR, which they had planned. There were other toys as well, which could have been used to plant bombs,” sources said.

The sources have also confirmed that the NIA is also verifying the procedure of making the bombs. The investigators are also trying to establish that toys cars and doorbells were purchased to use them in making bombs.

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The NIA has also made a fresh arrest in this case. Accused Mohammed Absar, a teacher at Jamia Husania Abul Hassan, Piplera, had visited three places in Jammu and Kashmir in May and August last year, along with another accused Iftekhar Singh, in connection with the terror conspiracy.

In December 2018, the NIA busted a module and arrested total 19 persons from 16 locations after two months of surveillance and investigation.

Officials had recovered twenty-five kilos of explosive material, such as potassium nitrate, ammonium nitrate, sulphur and sugar material paste were seized. Twelve pistols, 150 rounds of live ammunition and one country- made rocket launcher were found during the raids.

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Other items that were seized include 112 alarm clocks, mobile phone circuits, batteries, 51 pipes, remote-controlled detonators, wireless and digital doorbells for remote switches, steel containers, electric wires, 91 mobile phones, 134 SIM cards, 3 laptops, knife, sword and ISIS-related literature. Cash worth Rs 7.5 lakh (approximately) was recovered, too.

All the accused, including a student of civil engineering at the Amity University and a maulvi, belong to the age group of 20-35 years. The rest are welders and businessmen.

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