Twelve sympathisers of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist group have been detained in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, a senior Delhi Police official said on Wednesday. Police recovered explosives from their possession.
The ongoing raids are part of a joint operation of Delhi Police and a central intelligence agency. While a team of the force’s anti-terror unit Special Cell zeroed in on two of the youths, while they were allegedly in the process of making improvised explosive device, from east Delhi’s Gokulpuri area, names of the others emerged during their questioning and they were tracked down one after another in the wee hours today, a senior official said.
“We have detained 12 people from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh for subscribing JeM ideology. They were detained late Tuesday night. One IED has been recovered from them,” Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep told IANS.
All of them are suspected to be members of a sleeper unit of a terror outfit, planning an attack in the national capital and other cities, the official said.
Special Cell teams are conducting raids in Delhi and UP, and several arrests are likely in the next 24 hours.
The official said all the suspected terrorists are under the age group of 30 years.
“Some of them are permanent residents of Delhi and some are from the neighbouring state Uttar Pradesh,” he added.
The 12 are being questioned by Special Cell sleuths and intelligence officials.
Investigation is underway, the senior official added.