Two persons have been arrested by Gujarat’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), alleging that they have links with the Islamic State (IS). The ATS claims that these individuals were planning to carry out serial blasts that would have been targeted at a specific religious place in Gujarat. Identified as Waseem and Naeem Ramodiya, the former was arrested from Rajkot whereas the latter, his brother, was arrested from Bhavnagar. The duo was under the scanner of the ATS since the last one year and it was noticed that they were in constant contact with IS operatives through social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram, a secure messaging app.
A number of illegal items have been recovered from the duo such as bomb making guides, materials, crude bombs, gun powder, masks, several mobile phones and Jihadi literature. The police claim that by arresting the duo, a major terrorist attack has been averted. The duo arrested come from an ordinary, middle-class family. They are the sons of Rajkot-based Arif Ramodia, who was a domestic cricket umpire and worked at the Saurashtra University prior to his retirement. This is the first time in Gujarat that people with links with IS have been arrested. Further investigations are being conducted to find out if other people were also involved.