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Pak ISI-Trained Terror Module Busted, Festivals Likely Target: Delhi Police

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Three of the arrests have been made in Uttar Pradesh, two in Delhi, and one in Rajasthan.

New Delhi:

The Special Cell of the Delhi police at the moment mentioned it has arrested six terrorists who have been planning to set off bombs in varied elements of the nation through the upcoming pageant season. The arrests, together with of two individuals who’re mentioned to have obtained coaching in Pakistan and returned lately, adopted an enormous multi-state operation, officers mentioned.

Today’s operation, spanning Delhi, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh, was launched based mostly on alerts on the mentioned terror module from varied companies.

“During a raid in the morning, a terrorist from Maharashtra was arrested in Rajasthan’s Kota. Three were arrested with the help of the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) while two others were caught in Delhi,” Neeraj Thakur, a senior Special Cell official, informed NDTV.

The arrested individuals have been recognized as Jaan Mohammad Shaikh (47 years outdated) of Mumbai, Osama (22) of Delhi, Moolchand (47) of Raebareli, Zeeshan Qamar (28) of Prayagraj, Mohammad Abu Bakar (23) of Bahraich, and Mohammad Amir Javed (31) of Lucknow.

The police have recovered two hand grenades, two improvised explosive gadgets (IEDs), a kilogram of RDX, and a pistol of Italian make.

Interrogation has revealed that two of the accused — Osama and Qamar — had travelled to Muscat, from the place they have been ferried to Pakistan on a ship, in accordance with Mr Thakur. “In Pakistan, they were kept at a farmhouse for 15 days during which they were trained in firearms,” he mentioned.

“Special Cell of Delhi police had received a reliable input from a central agency that a Pakistan-abetted and sponsored group of entities is planning to execute serial IED blasts in India. For this, the group has got multiple IEDs arranged from sources across the border and are at an advanced stage of preparation,” a police press launch mentioned at the moment.

“Considering the gravity of the situation and stakes involved, a multi-pronged operation was launched and several teams were stationed at Mumbai, Lucknow, Prayagraj, Rae-Bareilly, and Pratapgarh, simultaneously,” it mentioned.

The police say, based mostly on interrogation, that this module had obtained refined RDX-based IEDs, grenades, pistols, and cartridges from a sleeper cell operative and these have been despatched to UP for protected concealment.

Sheikh and Moolchand, the “underworld component” of the module performing on the behest of Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence, was entrusted with two duties, the police launch mentioned: transportation of arms and explosives and terror-funding by way of hawala channels. The Pakistan skilled terror part, Osama and Qamar, was tasked with reconnaissance of targets and planting of IEDs.

Further nodes of this community are being recognized, the discharge mentioned.

The police additionally mentioned that Qamar and Osama have been skilled for 15 days at a camp in Thatta, a city in Pakistan’s Sindh province.

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