On Sunday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches at four places in Madurai, Tamil Nadu in connection with the incriminating Facebook post by accused Muhammad Iqbal, an extremist advocating ideology of ISIS, and Hizb-ut-Tahrir as part of an investigation into criminal Facebook posts. The NIA said in a statement.
The investigation is based on a case registered by the Tamil Nadu police last year. Police have registered a case alleging that he was involved in the condemnatory FB posts. The NIA took over the investigation of the case on April 15. The NIA said in a statement that the accused Iqbal had published provocative posts on Facebook which could lead to unrest between different religions. It said the posts were disruptive to peace. Senthil Kumar alias Iqbal was staying at Kazimar Street in Madurai when he was arrested by the local police on December 2 and is currently in judicial custody.
The investigations were carried out at Kazimar Street, K Pudur, bethaniyapuram and Mahaboopalayam in Madurai. During the raids, they seized 16 digital devices, including a laptop, hard disks, mobile phones, memory cards, SIM cards, pen drives, books and pamphlets.