Nine persons from different locations were held by police, Uttar Pradesh ADG (law and order) Daljeet Singh Choudhary said on Thursday after conducting a number of raids, according to ANI report. He revealed that “during the searches conducted, no incriminating evidence found as yet. But it can be called a possible criminal conspiracy.” Choudhary, however said, “Have evidence against 4 such people, all are self motivated/radicalized; not in liaison with any group.” Underlining that the accused are ‘misguided’ youths, Choudhary said, “they can be admitted to the mainstream after counselling.” The interrogation is underway, says Uttar Pradesh ADG (law and order) Daljeet Singh Choudhary, as per the report.
Earlier in the day, PTI reported that in a major operation carried out jointly with police teams of five states, the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad today arrested three suspected terrorists. Following joint operations carried out early this morning in Mumbai, Jalandhar, Narkatiaganj (Bihar), Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar, three persons were arrested on charges of hatching terror conspiracies, a UP ATS spokesman said.
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The arrests have been made in Mumbai, Jalandhar in Punjab and Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh, the spokesman said. Six others were being interrogated, he said. The joint operation was carried out by Special Cell Delhi Police, Intelligence Cell Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra ATS, Punjab Police, Bihar Police and UP ATS.
According to ANI report, ATS Maharashtra gave necessary assistance during operation to nab 2 people suspected of terrorists activities from Mumbra in Maharastra, says UP ATS.
According to PTI, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) confirmed the arrest of one person, identified as Nazim Shamshad Ahmed (26) who hails from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh. He was nabbed from Mumbra township in Thane district adjoining Mumbai. “Three persons were detained from Mumbra in a joint operation of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh ATS in which one person has been arrested for his suspected involvement in terror activities. The two others are being questioned,” Maharashtra ATS chief Atulchandra Kulkarni told PTI.
While the UP ATS spokesperson said that six more people have been detained by the police team for questioning, Maharashtra ATS sources said nearly 12 were take into custody, said the PTI report.
The UP ATS spokesman said that after their interrogation, necessary action will be taken against them. He said the operation was launched on the basis of a tip off that a terror group was being prepared for carrying out terrorist acts for which some active members were enrolling new members.
Those arrested are suspected to be part of a module that was looking for potential recruits in Bihar, UP and Maharashtra.