Following the arrest of members of an alleged ISIS module on Wednesday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday tried to extract more information out of the detainees.
Reports suggest that the accused were planning to use explosives like Triacetone Triperoxide, which were used in the attacks in Paris and Brussels earlier this year.
It was reportedly found in the basement of one of the arrested's houses.
The Times of India reported:
The deadly concoction seems to be a component of IS attacks going by the recent terrorist strikes. It was found from the basement of the house of Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Amoodi alias Fahad, one of the five youths arrested by the NIA. Had the IS module succeeded in its reported plans to carry out bomb blasts at targets that included VVIPs, crowded places and government buildings - including police stations - it would have marked the debut of this chemical in India.
The report also adds that the chief accused had procured huge quantities of acetone, hydrogen peroxide and sulphuric acid, which are the main ingredients for Triacetone Triperoxide
This revelation came a day after it was reported that one person from the five youths, Ibrahim Yazdani, was in direct touch with a top leader of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and was taking instructions from him.
While the identity of the leader is yet to be established, the police suspect that is Shafi Armar, a former Indian Mujahideen (IM) member who had fled the country and is believed to be working with ISIS now.
â€śOnly Ibrahim Yazdani was in touch with the Syria based handler. We have reasons to believe that its Shafi Armar as during his chats, which we have intercepted, he introduced himself as a resident of Karnataka who travelled to Afghanistan and joined the Ansar ul Tauhid (AuT). He also said that right now he is in Syria to work for the Caliphate,â€ť a senior NIA official told The Hindu.
The report also adds:
Yazdani, the official said, never spoke to Armar on phone or ever had a video call with him. They interacted with each other through a messaging app called Telegram...Yazdani never shared any details about his handler with other members in the group and told them that the information would be given on a â€śneed to knowâ€ť basis