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Posted at: Jan 12, 2019, 6:33 PM; last updated: Jan 12, 2019, 6:33 PM (IST)

Another accused arrested in ISIS-inspired terror case

Smita Sharma 
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 12

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has made the 12th arrest in the ISIS-inspired module 'Harkat-Ul-Harb-e-Islam' (War for the cause of Islam) case.

The agency arrested 24-year-old Muhammad Absar, son of Sarafaraj, a resident of Jasora in Meerut, on Thursday late evening.  Absar teaches at Jamia Husania Abul Hassan in Hapur in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.  

"He had visited three places in J&K in the months of May and August 2018 along with another accused Iftekhar Sakib in connection with the terror conspiracy," said an agency official. However, the agency is mum about specific charges against him if whether he was collecting funds, recruiting boys or supplying arms to the reportedly 'highly radicalised and self trained' module. 

Absar was later produced in Patiala court which sent him to six days of NIA custody.

The case will be next heard on January 18. The probe agency also carried out searches in Meerut and Hapur today with the support of UP Police at three locations connected with Muhammad Absar.

Earlier on January 3, 21-year-old Naeem, a resident of Meerut, was arrested on charges of supplying arms to the other 10 accused, including alleged mastermind 29-year-old Mohammad Sohail arrested from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh in December 2018. 

Naeem was remanded Naeem to ten days of NIA custody said a senior official. 

On December 26, the NIA in early morning raids across 17 locations in New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh claimed busting a module that was allegedly preparing to launch fidayeen attacks soon to target vital installations and political personalities. While the arrests were made just a month ahead of Republic Day Celebrations, the agency has not confirmed if attacks were planned specifically around January 26.

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