For the last few days, the investigative agencies have been grilling three techies - two from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and one from Alappuzha in Kerala, who allegedly had links with Islamic State on social media.
As per media reports, the Alappuzha native knew beforehand that he was under the scanner as he had written on Facebook of being under surveillance prior to his arrest.
As per The Times of India report, he wrote on his FB wall, “I am under surveillance, I can feel it,” while adding, “ gonna delete the account shortly forever.'
The ToI report by Prasanth MP says that his social media posts showed that this person had clear influence of extremist ideologies of Salafis.
The report says that his posts spewed venom on kafirs, modern Muslims and he has frequently expressed his desire to go to the land of Islam.
“Drinking alcohol does not make a Muslim a kafir, but voting under democracy does,“ one of his posts says. “Imagine sitting on the valley of Khorosan by eating pure mulberry. What a wonderful moment it will be,“ he added in another post.
The NIA has confirmed that all the three techies were connected to the group formed by Shajeer Manglassery alias Abu Ayisha who absconded in the Kanakamala case.
Abu Ayisha was part of a meeting that was organised recently by the Kerala module of Islamic State (IS) at Kanakamala in Kannur, and he was reportedly killed in Afghanistan.
"They were members of WhatsApp and Telegram groups through which Shajeer coordinated activities. However, they operated online using fake names and continue with ISIS activities even after the bust in October last year," a senior NIA official told India Today.
The report says that NIA raided the houses of these three techies and managed to recover 80 compact discs, three mobile phones, laptops.
It was also found that a majority of the CDs carried speeches by controversial Islamic religious leader Zakir Naik.