NIA gets four-day custody of six terror suspects

Bengaluru: A special court on Saturday remanded six terror suspects to four-day’s NIA custody till January 27. Of the six, five were produced amid tight security before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) designated court after they were medically examined.

“The court has granted a four-day remand to interrogate them on charges filed against them,” an NIA counsel told reporters later. The NIA teams arrested the suspects on Friday, including four in Bengaluru and one each at Mangaluru and Tumakuru, which are 350 km and 70 km from Bengaluru. Five suspects Asif, Ahad, Mohammed Sohil, Mohammed Afzal and Syed Mujaid Pasha were present in the court, while sixth suspect Nazmal Huda was being brought to the city from Mangaluru on transit remand. The arrests followed raids by NIA teams on rented houses and hideouts of the suspects in the city. Huge quantities of arms and ammunition were recovered and seized from the rented house of two suspects in the city’s south-east suburb (Jakkasandra).

“The raids and arrests are part of the nationwide security steps being taken to prevent any incident and avoid panic in the public,” Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara told reporters on Friday. Huda is also accused of encouraging youth to join Islamic State. He is a dropout from a engineering college in Bengaluru.

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