NEW DELHI:- About four terrorists have been arrested on the base of suspected ISIS links from Manglour in Uttarakhand, Delhi Police has claimed to have unearthed a terror plot to target the ongoing Ardh Kumbh Mela at Haridwar, particularly trains heading there and some strategic locations in the national capital.
The terrorists identified as Akhlaq ur-Rehman, Mohammed Osama, Mohammed Azim Shah and Mehroz were arrested from Manglour town in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar district yesterday and presented in a court today which sent them to 15 days’ police custody, Commissioner of Police Arvind Deep said.
“The four 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 Haridwar passing through Roorkie and some strategic locations in Delhi,” Deep said.
According to sources, the suspects were allegedly in contact of a former Indian Mujahideen operative, who later went for training in Syria and is presently believed to be a top member of Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilad al-Hind which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
One of the suspects, Akhlaq, is also being questioned in connection with the attacks at Pathankot. Meanwhile, their involvement in all possible networks, including the AuT-ISIS, is being verified, the source said.
On Monday, two persons with suspected al Qaeda links were arrested from Mewat in Haryana.