India’s premier National Investigating Agency (NIA) recently said that it arrested 10 persons, after they raided 16 locations in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in connection with its probe into a new Islamic State-inspired module, ‘Harkat ul Harb e Islam’.
The report said that the men are suspected to be involved in a plan to carry out blasts in north India, especially in New Delhi.
NIA said that the group was “under NIA surveillance for some time following inputs of their suspicious activities”, and released photos of “large cache of arms and ammunition”.
However, netizens seem to have found the pictures very ‘Shoddy’, with ‘Diwali Patakhas’, ‘Sutli Bombs’, and a ‘Tractor Trolley Suspension’ being passed off as a rocket launcher.
Taking a dig at the images, one netizen wrote, “when you are an ISIS module but celebrate Diwali too. NIA, South Indian movies have a better script and plot than you. Please hire some script writers from there.”
“Phuski bomb recovered in UP as major terror plot was busted,” wrote another netizen on social networking site Facebook.
“I wonder if those bullets will fit in the Desi (locally made pistol) that they have there,” questioned one netizen.
“Among others, they found aalu bomb, Diwali ka bacha hua firecrackers. U are anti-national if you even think it has anything with politics or elections,” shared one Facebook user, commenting on the timing of the arrests.
However, it was the Rocket Launcher, which the NIA claimed to have recovered, which led many to draw hilarious parallels.
“Look at the Rocket Launcher, seems NIA can convert tractor trolly into a war ammunition. We dont need HAL anymore 😂😂”
Pertinently, the mother of Saeed and Raees, two of the arrested, told Janta Ka Reporter that the NIA officials had seized the family’s hydraulic tractor trolly to claim that they had recovered a rocket launcher.
“We don’t need ordnance factories anymore. NIA has successfully converted the hydraulic system of tractor trolly into a rocket launcher,” wrote a netizen on Facebook.
“The Arabic poster is so LOL! Who would keep something like that 😹”
The pic on left is the recovery from a local Meerut gang after a consignment was intercepted in Delhi earlier this year. The second pic (right) is recovery made during NIA raids at 16 locations in West UP from would be terrorists plotting country wide attacks. pic.twitter.com/5YdBti98Le
— Piyush Rai (@Benarasiyaa) December 26, 2018
Of the 10 persons detained by the NIA, five were picked up from the western Uttar Pradesh district of Amroha following a joint operation with the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad, Inspector General ATS Asim Arun said in Lucknow.
Five more were detained from north-east Delhi with the help of Delhi Police’s Special Cell, officials said.
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