Four suspected ISIS terrorists, who were plotting a terror strike during the ongoing Ardh Kumbh at Hardwar, have landed in police net following a joint operation of intelligence agencies. The Special Cell of Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested four persons from Manglour in Uttarakhand.
Cops claimed that the Delhi Police have unearthed a terror plot to target the Ardh Kumbh Mela. The suspects, identified as Akhlaq ur-Rehman, Mohammed Osama, Mohammed Azim Shah and Mehroz, were brought to Delhi and produced in a court which sent them to 15-day police custody. “The suspects were tracked down with inputs from a central intelligence agency.
“They had planned to carry out terror attacks at the Ardh Kumbh Mela, trains heading towards Hardwar passing through Roorkee and some strategic locations in Delhi,” Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep said.
According to sources, the suspects were allegedly in contact with a former Indian Mujahideen operative, who later went for training in Syria and is currently believed to be a key member of Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilad al-Hind (AuT), which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
One of the suspects, Akhlaq, is also being questioned in connection with the recent attack at Pathankot airbase.