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Facebook post case: NIA raids 4 places in Tamil Nadu

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided four locations in Tamil Nadu on Sunday in connection with an incriminating Facebook post by accused Mohammed Iqbal, an extremist who espouses ISIS and Hizb-Ut-Tahrir, a fundamentalist organization.

The anti-terror agency conducted searches in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district in conjunction with a complaint originally filed at the Thideer police station in the same area about the posting of any incriminating Facebook messages.

Kazimar Street, K. Pudur, Pethaniyapuram, and Mehboob Palayam in Madurai were all searched.

The hunt resulted in the recovery of sixteen portable items, including a notebook, hard drives, smartphones, flashcards, SIM cards, and a pen drive, as well as other incriminating books, pamphlets, and papers.

On April 15, this year, the NIA re-registered the case and took over the probe, which has so far disclosed that accused Mohammed Iqbal posted posts on the Facebook page “Thoonga Vizhigal Rendu is in Kazimar Street” for the purpose of disparaging a specific culture.

“The posts aimed at provoking social conflict between different classes of religious, thereby threatening public peace,” said the NIA.

Iqbal alias Senthil Kumar, a resident of Madurai’s Kazimar district, was arrested on December 2 and is currently being held in judicial custody.

“The matter is now being investigated further.”

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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