The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday conducted raids in Chennai and Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu against members of the Ansarulla group that seeks to establish Islamic rule in India.
"The members of the group had conspired and conductedpreparations to wage war against India by forming the terrorist gangAnsarulla," the NIA said in a statement.
The members and their associates had collected funds andmade preparations to carry out attacks in India, with the intention toestablish Islamic rule in the country, it said.
The raids were conducted against Syed Bukhari, a resident ofChennai; Hassan Ali Yunusmaricar, a native of Nagapattinam; MohammedYusuffudeen Harish Mohamed, a native of Nagapattinam and others.
During searches at the house and office of Bukhari, HassanAli and Harish Mohammed, nine mobiles, 15 SIM cards, seven memory cards, threelaptops, five hard discs, six pen drives, two tablets and three CDs/ DVDs,besides documents including magazines, banners, notices, posters and books wereseized by the NIA.
The three accused were being questioned by the investigationagency.The NIA registered cases against them on July 9under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities(Prevention) Act.