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In connection with the alleged plot by an IS-inspired group to murder leaders of two Hindu organisations, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday, October 31, carried out searches at six locations in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore and Nagoo. The NIA is investigating the conspiracy to allegedly kill Arjun Sampath, leader of Hindu Makkal Katchi and his son Omkar by the Islamic State-inspired groups, according to sources. The central probe agency was alerted by the local police in July about the plot.

NIA foils suspected murder plot

A Special Investigation Unit of the Coimbatore police had foiled a plot by seven-members of an IS-inspired Islamic group in Tamil Nadu to murder Sampath, Hindu Munnani leader Mookambikai Mani and Sakthi Sena leader Anbu Mari, In September last year.  Since then NIA has been working and gathering information in South India and looking into activities of suspected radical youths.

Arjun Sampath
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According to NIA officials, Tamil Nadu tops the list of Indian states where anti-terror agencies have unearthed modules of Salafi jihadi terrorist organization IS over a period of five years since 2014. The NIA has claimed to have arrested 127 IS sympathisers from across India since 2014 and 33 were from Tamil Nadu.