Srinagar: Declaringsuspects as terrorists ‘on the basis of sutli bombs’ and associating them withthe ISIS was premature, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Muftisaid Friday, in a sarcastic reference to the materials the NIA recovered from10 people it arrested recently after raids at multiple locations.
The National Investigation Agency had on December 26 busteda suspected ISIS-inspired terror group and arrested 10 people, who it said wereplanning suicide attacks and serial blasts targeting politicians and governmentinstallations in Delhi and other parts of north India. Mehbooba also sought tolink the arrests to elections and said the NIA must ‘learn from earlierepisodes’ in which the accused were acquitted after long trials.
“National security is supreme. But declaring suspectsas terrorists on the basis of sutli bombs (firecracker), associating (them)with the dreaded IS (ISIS) is premature. It has already devastated their livesand families. NIA must learn from earlier episodes in which the accused wereacquitted after decades,” she wrote on Twitter.
NIA Inspector General Alok Mittal had said after theWednesday raids that the agency recovered 25 kg of explosive material —Potassium Nitrate, Ammonium Nitrate, Sulphur etc. In addition, 12 country-madepistols, 150 rounds of live ammunition, a country-made rocket launcher, 112alarm clocks, mobile phone circuits, batteries and 51 pipes to be used as pipebombs were also recovered, he had said.
The NIA had also recovered steel containers, electric wires,91 mobile phones, 134 SIM cards, three laptops, knife, sword, ISIS-relatedliterature and a cash amount of about Rs. 7.5 lakh during the searches, Mittalhad said. The former chief minister Friday said national security was bestserved by being just and inclusive and not by being suspicious of an entirecommunity.
“Arrests by NIA in the election season do raisesuspicion, especially after the urban Naxal case seems to be falling apart.National security is best served by being just and inclusive, not suspicious ofan entire community,” she said.
The NIA had conducted searches across 17 locations in UttarPradesh and New Delhi in connection with its probe into the new module called‘Harkat ul Harb e Islam’.