At least seven alleged sympathisers of extremist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have reportedly been arrested from different locations in Karnataka and Maharashtra.
A joint team of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad and National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested an ISIS suspect from Mumbra, a suburb of Thane district, on Friday morning, Zee News reported.
The NIA and Karnataka Police "detained" six suspects from different locations in Karnataka, according to IBN Live. At least four suspects were detained in Bengaluru, while one each in Mangaluru and Tumakuru.
A journalist with NewsX channel said in a tweet that the one "arrested" from Mangaluru has been identified as Najmul Huda, while the one detained in Tumakuru is Syed Hussain.
FLASH: 6 suspected terrorists detained in a Joint operation by NIA and Karnataka police in Karnataka,more details awaited
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 22, 2016
The surveillance across India has been tightened over the terror threats received in the wake of the 67th Republic Day. French President Francois Hollande will attend the Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest this year.
Earlier this week, the Delhi Police arrested a suspected militant along with his three accomplices from Roorkee for allegedly planning an attack at Ardh Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. It was later revealed that they had links with ISIS.
All the four suspects were sent to police custody for 15 days on Tuesday.
Last week, the Goan State Secretariat received a letter threatening to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, with "ISIS" written at the bottom.
— Harish Upadhya (@harishupadhya) January 22, 2016