NIA de­tains 14 ISIS sus­pects in Re­pub­lic Day ter­ror sweep

SE­CU­RITY JIT­TERS Crack­down in wake of threat against French Pres­i­dent François Hol­lande’s visit

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Au­thor­i­ties is­sued an alert in the Cap­i­tal on Fri­day af­ter the driver of a taxi al­legedly hi­jacked near the scene of a re­cent ter­ror at­tack on Pathankot air­base was found mur­dered, spark­ing con­cerns amid a na­tion­wide crack­down by the NIA on al­leged Is­lamic State mil­i­tants.

The alert came amid height­ened se­cu­rity in the Cap­i­tal and across the na­tion ahead of Re­pub­lic Day cel­e­bra­tions to be at­tended in Delhi by French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande as the chief guest, months af­ter his coun­try was hit by a se­ries of co­or­di­nated ter­ror at­tacks claimed by the IS.

The NIA ar­rested or de­tained more than a dozen peo­ple in­clud­ing the self-ap­pointed In­dia head of Is­lamic State dur­ing raids in Kar­nataka, Ut­tar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra which se­cu­rity sources said blew the lid off a sweep­ing net­work of the ter­ror

group with plans to carry out bomb blasts here.

The al­leged chief, or Ameer, 34-year-old Mun­abeer Mush­taq from Mum­bai, is a soft­ware en­gi­neer and was in touch with a per­son named Yusuf Al-Hindi,

an In­dian na­tional sus­pected to be a for­mer key mem­ber of the In­dian Mu­jahideen group and now in the IS-held area along Iraq-Syria bor­der. “It is be­lieved that Mun­abeer Mush­taq was metic­u­lously plan­ning to raise a pan-In­dia net­work of op­er­a­tives who were at­tracted to the IS ide­ol­ogy. He was plan­ning to anoint Ameers and their deputies for all states in the coun­try,” said a se­nior home min­istry of­fi­cial.

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