In a major development, the Delhi Police’s Special Cell on Tuesday said that it has arrested six terrorists in a multi-state operation who were planning blasts across the country during the upcoming festive season. Notably, two of the arrested terrorists had recently returned after getting trained in Pakistan.
The operation by Delhi Police to nab the terrorists comes after it was alerted by various agencies about the terror module. While one of the terrorists from Maharashtra was arrested in Rajasthan’s Kota, three other terrorists were arrested in Uttar Pradesh with the help of the Anti-Terror Squad (ATS). Two of the terrorists were nabbed in Delhi.
“During a raid in the morning, a terrorist from Maharashtra was arrested in Rajasthan’s Kota. Three were arrested with the help of UP Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) while two others were caught in Delhi,” Neeraj Thakur, a senior official of the Special Cell, was quoted as saying by a news channel.
Involvement of Pakistan
Upon interrogation of the terrorists, the police found that two of them, Osama alias Sami (22) and Zeeshan Qamar (28) had recently gone to Oman’s Muscat. From there, they were taken to Pakistan on a boat. In Pakistan, they were kept at a farmhouse for around 15 days where they were imparted training in firearms by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.
According to the police, Pakistan’s intelligence agency was working with the associates of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to plan attacks during the festival season in Delhi, UP and Maharashtra. Thakur said that Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Aneesh was hired by the ISI to ensure delivery of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), sophisticated weapons and grenades to different locations across India.
Also, Zeeshan and Osama were instructed to do a recce of the suitable locations in the national capital and Uttar Pradesh where these IEDs can be planted.
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