The raids come after 2 people arrested in a theft case were found involved with ISIS
The central anti-terror agency raided over 40 locations in Maharashtra this morning and made 15 arrests in connection with an ISIS conspiracy case. National Investigating Agency also raided a place in Karnataka in the case.
The 44 different places being raided in Maharashtra include Thane, Pune, Mira-Bhayandar, sources said. Most of these places are in Thane Rural (31) and Thane City (9), right next to Mumbai. In Pune, two places are being raided and one in Mira Bhayandar, they added.
The early morning raids come after two people arrested in a theft case were found involved with ISIS. The case was then transferred to the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad.
In August, a suspect - Aakif Ateeque Nachan - allegedly involved in making explosives was arrested, the sixth accused to be ever arrested in an ISIS terror module case.
Five others -- Tabish Nasser Siddiqui from Mumbai, Zubair Noor Mohammed Shaikh alias Abu Nusaiba and Adnan Sarkar from Pune, and Sharjeel Shaikh and Zulfikar Ali Barodawala from Thane -- were arrested by the agency a month earlier.