The National Investigation Agency announced on Thursday that they seized digital evidence and incriminating evidence during raids at the homes of suspects in the case. According to a preliminary investigation, the accused planned to commit suicide attacks in order to terrorise people of a specific faith.

According to a statement, the agency searched 43 locations in Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Thursday, including Chennai, Coimbatore, Thiruvallur, Thiruppur, Nilgiris, Chengalpet, Kanchipuram, Nagapattinam, and Palakkad in Kerala.

According to preliminary investigations, the accused, Jamesha Mubeen, “was planning to carry out suicidal attacks and cause extensive damage to symbols and monuments of a particular religious faith with the intention of striking terror among a specific section of the community after taking oath to ISIS,” the NIA said in a statement.

According to the agency, six people have been arrested in the case so far, and the accused conspired with the deceased Jamesha Mubeen to obtain various chemicals and other ingredients for the manufacture of IEDs. According to the NIA, the purchases were made through online shopping platforms in order to commit sensational terrorist acts.

On October 23, a day before Diwali, an explosive-laden car driven by a radicalised Muslim youth named Jamesha Mubin exploded in front of the Kottai Easwaran temple in Chennai.