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Gujarat ATS Arrests Two Brothers For Alleged Links With ISIS

New Delhi: The Gujarat Anti Terror Squad (ATS) on Sunday arrested two brothers from the cities of Rajkot and Bhavnagar for their alleged links with the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In an ATS operation, the two brothers, Wasim and Nathim were arrested.

IK Bhatt, Joint CP, Crime Branch, told media that the two brothers were planning to execute an attack. “We have enough evidence and we have recovered mobile phones, too,” he said.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), earlier this month, had arrested a Kerala resident in connection with the ongoing probe into the ISIS module.

Meanwhile, Dr Ramamurthy Kosanam, an Indian National, who was abducted by ISIS terrorists in Libya, revealed on Saturday that the terror group has a “lot of interest” in India and wants to “take over”.

Kosanam was rescued from the clutches of ISIS after Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj perused the case rigorously and intervened personally. He was under captivity for close to a year and half.

Recounting his ordeal, the doctor told CNN-News18 that he was subjected to mental torture and was forced to watch their “terrible videos”. “They forced me to watch their gory activities,” he said, adding that they would talk to him very rudely.

“They beat some of the prisoners in front of us,” Kosanam, who was abducted by IS terrorists nearly 18 months ago, said.

On the larger objective of the Islamic State, Kosanam said, “They are a hard-core terrorist group and want to spread their clout throughout the world.” He added that the group wants to impose its rules and regulations on everybody.

Kosanam remained under captivity for at least a year before being asked to work for the group. “I told them that I didn’t have a lot of experience, but still they asked me to work,” he told CNN-News18.

After spending a year and a half under IS rule and witnessing the group’s brutality first hand, Kosanam was grateful to the Indian government.

First Published: February 26, 2017, 1:23 PM IST