The NIA on Sunday interrogated 16 men arrested in Coimbatore in the last week, since they are suspected of having links with ISIS.
The NIA had arrested six men on October 1 and they conducted raids on the houses of five of men on October 2, reports The New Indian Express.
Following this, about 11 people were arrested based on the call records and other digital footprints they attained from mobile phones and laptops of the suspects. Moreover, three more were arrested on Saturday for interrogation.
Intelligence sources told The New Indian Express that the men were taken into custody only for questioning as some of them are suspected to be close to Abu Basheer, who was arrested earlier for IS links. Police will be interrogating them for two more days to get a clarity on their links with Abu Basheer.
Police have seized mobile phones and laptops of some men who were taken into custody for interrogation. Police is also keeping a tab on their social media accounts to check if they had any communication through it. They told TNIE that few of them had recently taken passports about which they are investigating.
On Sunday, IS operative Subhani Haji Moideen who was arrested from Kadayanallur in Tirunelveli was taken to his native in Thodupuzha in Kerala to collect evidence. His family came to know about his links with ISIS only after he was arrested. The NIA recorded statements from his relatives and friends of Subhani, reports The New Indian Express.
The NIA team found few documents from his residence in Thodupuzha and moreover, few BJP workers protested near Subhaniâ€™s house, raising slogans against IS on Sunday.