Delhi Police has launched a search operations for ISIS terrorists who are also wanted by National Investigative Agency (NIA). Mohammad Shahnawaz Alam alias Shafi Uzzama alias Abdullah, Rizwan Abdul Haji Ali, Abdullah Fayaz Shaikh are wanted in Pune ISIS case and carry a bounty of Rs 3 lakh on their head.
Till now, the Special Cell of Delhi Police, Pune Police and NIA have raided Central Delhi and many areas of Pune. Investigating agencies suspect that members of the ISIS sleeper cell are also in Pune from where a Delhi youth, Mohammad Shahnawaz, alias Shafi Uzzama and Engineer, had escaped from police custody in July. According to sources, Shahnawaz, a mining engineer, had fled from Pune to NCR and was living under a fake identity in South East Delhi. The other two youths from Delhi are suspected terrorists Abdullah alias Diaperwala, who had a diaper shop in Pune, and Rizwan, a resident of Daryaganj in Central Delhi.
The NIA had also issued a statement on the members of the module and said that they had planned to wage war against the Indian government to strengthen IS's agenda of spreading terror and violence with the aim of establishing an Islamic state in the country.
Shafi Uzzama alias Abdullah is suspected to have fled to Oman. The NIA is trying to extradite him and his information has been shared with the nodal agency CBI and the Ministry of External Affairs. According to intelligence sources, Abdullah's diaper shop in Pune's Kondhwa area was used as a lab for manufacturing and testing explosive devices. Last month, the Special Cell of Delhi Police and other intelligence agencies conducted raids at more than 100 places across the country to arrest the members of the module. But the terrorists were changing their locations frequently and the agencies did not achieve any success.
Shahnawaz was caught by the Pune Police in the late night of 17–18 July when he was trying to steal a motorcycle in Kothrud area of Pune. He escaped from custody when he was being taken to his hideout for further interrogation. Later, police arrested two of Shahnawaz's associates in Pune - Imran and Yunus - and during interrogation, they suspected that they were part of an ISIS-inspired module. Following this, the NIA conducted searches and seized several incriminating materials linking the youth with the banned ISIS group.