Mumbai, Jan 23: Ahead of Republic Day, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested 9 people who had formed an organisation Ummat-E-Muhammadiya and were in touch with the banned Islamic State (ISIS) terror group and were planning a mass killing by mixing poison in food and drinks at an event in the state.
One of them is the son Rashid Malbari – a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim. According to Maharashtra ATS, they were planning a mass killing by mixing poison in food and drinks at some gathering and were in touch with someone from ISIS based out of India.
According to an officer from ATS, most of the arrested people are well qualified with 2 engineers, 1 student pursuing engineering, 1 pharmacist and one a student of class 11.
During the raid, ATS said during investigations, several labelled bottles with different poisonous chemicals and powder were also seized which are yet to be tested. Apart from this, 6 pen drives, 24 cell phones, 6 laptops, 6 wifi pods, 24 DVDs and CDs, 12 hard drives, 6 memory cards have also been seized.
They have been charged under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Indian Penal Code’s Section 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and the Bombay Police Act with further probe underway.
The ATS said the operations were started by five police teams discreetly for several weeks and from January 13 they started picking up the suspects from Thane’s Mumbra town and in Aurangabad, both with a dominant minority population.
Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested nine persons from Mumbra in Thane district and Aurangabad for alleged links with ISIS. All the 9 were arrested under the Indian Penal Code’s Section 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and related provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the Bombay Police Act.