The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh Police on Sunday claimed to have busted a module of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, said to be a auxiliary unit of Al-Qaeda, with the arrest of two operative. The two were planning a series of blasts in Uttar Pradesh around Independence Day, the ATS claimed. While the sleuths arrested Minaz Ahmad (32) from a house in Kakori outskirts of Lucknow, his associate Masiruddin (50) alias Mushir was picked from his house in Madioan at the former’s instance.
An improvised explosive device (IED) in the form of a pressure cooker bomb along with a 9mm country made pistol was recovered from Minaz’s house.
Arrested two accused were in touch with Al Qaeda
According to the investigators, the two accused were in touch with Umar Halmandi, a listed Al Qaeda operative based somewhere along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. On Umar’s directions, the duo was planning blasts in the state. Umar is said to be handling Al Qaeda operations in the Indian sub-continent region. The investigators are on the lookout for another associate of the arrested accused identified as Shakeel, who is Minaz’s neighbor.
Umar Halmandi was radicalising and then recruiting men from UP for his unit
“Umar Halmandi was radicalising and then recruiting men from Uttar Pradesh for his unit. Halmandi along with other operatives and the arrested accused were planning to unleash terror activities on August 15 in different cities of the state, also important places having high footfall. They were also planning to use human bombs,” said Additional Director General of Police, Law & Order, Prashant Kumar. “We had developed the information based on an informer’s tip-off and then the ATS team nabbed the accused.
Search operations in districts around Lucknow were underway- Police
An IED in the form of a pressure cooker bomb recovered from the house of the accused was also defused by the bomb disposal unit,” added the ADG. “During interrogation, the accused persons said that their accomplices ran away from their house. The ATS team along with the local police has undertaken intensive checking in and around Lucknow,” said Inspector General of Police, ATS, GK Goswamy. Police also said that search operations in districts around Lucknow were underway.
Akhilesh Yadav has no trust on UP Police
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav expresses his lack of confidence in Uttar Pradesh Police and BJP government over the arrest of alleged terrorists in Kakori as ATS UP uncovered a big terror module on Sunday. Criticising the ATS and police he said he does not believe in their action.
UP Police do not work for the people, instead they work for the BJP- Samajwadi Party
Former Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said that he does not trust Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) government and Uttar Pradesh Police at all. This statement by Akhilesh Yadav comes after the police & ATS nabbed two Al Qaeda terrorists on Sunday. They were planning serial blasts in many cities in the state on Independence Day. Backing up his party chief’s statement against the BJP government and UP ATS & Police, Samajwadi Party spokesperson Anurag Bhadouria on Monday spoke to Republic Media Network. While stating that Uttar Pradesh is currently under the ‘Jungle Raj.’ He said that UP Police do not work for the people, instead they work for the BJP.