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Kolkata STF Arrest Two Suspected ISIS Operatives, Probe On

STF arrested the duo identified as MD Saddam, 28, and Sayeed Ahmed, 30 who are students from the Howrah's Tikiapara area

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Kolkata Special Task Force (STF) arrested two accused from Howrah, Kolkata, ahead of the Republic Day celebrations for their suspected links with ISIS, police said on Saturday.Acting on a tip-off from a central investigating agency, a team of Kolkata Police’s Special Task Force (STF) arrested the duo identified as MD Saddam (28) and Sayeed Ahmed (30) who are students from the Howrah’s Tikiapara area.

The duo were nabbed from the Vidyasagar Setu, connecting the twin cities, on Friday evening, a senior officer said. Notably, the location is just a stone’s throw away from the Bengal secretariat where the top ministers including the Chief Minister sit. Both are charged under sections 121 (Waging war against the government) and 122 (Collecting arms to wage war) of the Indian Penal Code.

Police probe underway

“They have been arrested for conspiring to wage war against the Government of India and overthrow it to establish a caliphate by means of terror attacks and propagation of fundamentalism and hatred in the society. The duo was involved in spreading the tentacles of the terror outfit in Howrah.

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We are questioning them to understand more about their roles,” the police officer told PTI.One of the two arrested persons is an M.Tech engineering student and a resident of Aftabuddin Munshi Lane in Tikiapara, while another is from Shibpur in Howrah, he said.

Duo arrested are students

Both were in touch with their handlers in Pakistan and West Asia, the officer said. “The duo was involved in brainwashing local youths towards anti-national activities. They were also in the process of recruiting youths, collecting arms, ammunition and explosives, and raising funds for terror activities,” he added.

“They were promoting anti-national activities and radicalism on social media. They used videos of explosions and killings to incite anti-national sentiments among youths. Several youths seem to have fallen into their trap,” the officer said.Several documents, laptops, mobile phones, hard drives, pen drives, CPU, notebook, diary, debit cards and a motorcycle were seized from their possession on Friday, he said. The duo was produced before a court, which remanded them to 12 days in police custody, until January 19.

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