ISIS terrorists are planning to attack the Cuddalore Central Jail
Cuddalore Central Jail was put under heavy security after a report from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) that the terrorist organisation Daesh is planning to liberate its member Ansar Meeran who is lodged there.
Tension gripped the central prison. As security was beefed up in and around the jail complex.
Ansar Meeran is from Thiruvidancode in Kanyakumari district, and was serving for the organisation that has gripped several parts of Iraq and Syria. Meeran is considered a major operator of the terror group.
He was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and housed at Puzhal prison in Chennai. Later, he was shifted to Cuddalore Central Jail after an internal commotion at Puzhal.
The IB is said to have received a tip-off about a Daesh plan to attack Cuddalore jail.
The IB says Daesh plans to storm the jail and free Meeran. An emergency message was sent to the Tamil Nadu police that the Daesh will demolish a portion of the prison premises to take him out of it.
Tiruchi region DIG: Shanmugasundaram rushed to the jail and a special team has been formed under him to tighten security around the prison.
The officials also performed an inspection at several spots inside the jail complex, including the dining area, cells and halls allotted for housing extremists.
As many as 50 armed police personnel have been deployed inside the prison complex, led by Cuddalore DSP Taj Lamech, along with hundreds outside the prison. All roads that lead to Muthunagar in Cuddalore, where the prison is located, are being subjected thorough inspection to rule out the possibility of their being loaded with explosives.
Also, the area is under the scanner for all kinds of suspicious activities.
In another development, during the raid on Monday morning, it was found that a lifer, Mansoor Ali, lodged in Block 29, was found dead.
He had reportedly committed suicide. Dejected at his separation from his family, he chose to take the extreme step, said the police.
Meeran is reported to have told some inmates that the Daesh will seek to release him. The NIA had passed the information to Tamil Nadu police, who then tightened security around his cell and kept a closer watch.
There is no known activity for the terror outfit in India, but the NIA sees several sleeping cells spread out in some states, mostly quite low in strength but having plans to attack and destroy.
Source: Gulf Today