NIA raids at five places in Coimbatore

Sleuths of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing an Islamic State-inspired module, conducted raids at the houses of five people in Coimbatore. NIA sources said the raids, which began early in the morning, ended around noon.nNo arrests were made during the raids conducted by the NIA team fromKochi in Kerala. Of the five people, the house of one of the suspects was already searched by the agency in June.

The raids were conducted in connection with a case registered against six persons from Coimbatore in May this year for alleged propagation of IS ideology. Of the six persons, the NIA had arrested the suspected leader of the module, Muhammed Azharudheen (32), a Facebook friend of Zahran Hashim, who masterminded the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, and Y Shiek Hidayathullah.