Navi Mumbai police have detained a man suspected of writing pro-Islamic State (IS) messages under a bridge in Navi Mumbai earlier this week.
Navi Mumbai was put on high alert on Tuesday after graffiti and messages praising the terror organization IS (ISIS), its head Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, appeared on a pillar of Khopte Bridge in Uran.
After a detailed investigation, police zeroed in on a suspect and nabbed him today morning. The accused hails from Uttar Pradesh and resides in Khopta village near Uran.
According to reports, the suspect is mentally unstable and undergoing psychiatric treatment at DY Patil Hospital. He has already confessed to writing the messages and will be placed under arrest shortly.
“A person was detained and questioned after which he confessed to have scribbled the message on the bridge pillar. He will be placed under arrest shortly,” Navi Mumbai police commissioner Sanjay Kumar told India Today.
The messages, written with a black marker pen, were first seen by some villagers from a nearby village. They alerted authorities, following which a team from local police, Navi Mumbai crime branch, and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) visited the spot.
On one pillar was a message declaring Baghdadi as the “most dreaded terrorist of the world”, while another had diagrams featuring words like as ‘port’, ‘airport’, ‘pipeline’, ‘train’ and crude drawings representing these objects.
Some of the messages also mentioned MS Dhoni and Arvind Kejriwal.
Since the area is frequented by locals, who often consume alcohol there, police suspected that the drawings could be the work of a drunk person. However, a high-level alert was sounded due to the presence of several important installations in the area.Back to latest news