NIA arrest alleged mastermind of Easter Sunday bombings

The alleged mastermind of the Easter Sunday attacks has been taken into custody during raids carried out in Tamil Nadu by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

NDTV had reported that the National Investigation Agency on Wednesday (12) arrested Mohammed Azarudeen, the alleged mastermind of ISIS Tamil Nadu module, who was a Facebook friend of Sri Lankan suicide bomber Zahran Hashim.

During the searches, the agency seized 14 mobile phones, 29 SIM cards, 10 pen drives, three laptops, six memory cards, four hard disc drives, an internet dongle and 13 CDs/DVDs, besides one dagger, an electric baton, 300 air-gun pellets and a large number of incriminating documents, the NIA said in a statement.

A few pamphlets of Popular Front of India and Social Democratic Party of India, both under the scanner of security agencies, have also been seized from the houses and workplaces of the accused, it said.

The agency had received the information that the accused and their associates were allegedly propagating ISIS ideology on social media and recruit young people.