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Delhi Police busts Pak-based terror module, 6 terrorists held

In a major move to counter-terrorism, the Special Cell of Delhi Police, on Tuesday busted a Pakistan-based terror module. Six people from various states were arrested. The terrorists were planning a series of attacks during the upcoming festive season.

Delhi Police’s Special Cell, on Tuesday, in a multi-state operation, busted a Pakistan-backed terror module that was planning to carry out several attacks during the festive season of Navratri and Ramleela. So far, six people have been arrested which includes two Pakistan-trained suspected terrorists. 

Addressing a presser, Neeraj Thakur, Special CP, Special Cell of Delhi Police said, “The arrested have stated that there were 14-15 Bangla speaking persons in their group who might have been taken for similar training. It looks like this operation was closely coordinated from across the border. There were two teams. One was being coordinated by Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Anees Ibrahim. The team was also working towards organizing funding through hawala.”

So far, the Special Cell of Delhi Police with the help of the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad and various other agencies has arrested six terrorists. The six people have been identified as Jan Mohammed Sheikh from Maharashtra, Osama Sami from Delhi, Moolchand from Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareily, Zeeshan Qamar from UP’s Prayagraj, Mohd Abu Bakar from Bahraich and Mohd Amir Javed from Lucknow. As per the police, Zeeshan and Osama have been trained in Pakistan under the instructions of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).  

Police officials also said that these terrorists were planning several blasts across the country including the National Capital, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. They wanted to target the festive season of Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri and Ramleela. The police also said that upcoming politicals rallies could have also been at their target.

The police also recovered explosives and firearms from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh in the multi-state operation. Police also said that Sameer was tasked to ensure smooth delivery of (IED) improvised explosive devices, sophisticated weapons and grenades to different entities across India. One of the most wanted terrorists in India, Dawood Ibrahim’s brother, Anees Ibrahim, who is currently in Pakistan is said to be operative of this module. According to the police, Osama and Zeeshan met in Muscat in April where they were taken to Pakistan via ships and boats. There, they received 15 days of training which included operating AK-47, making bombs and committing arson using items of daily use.

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