The Delhi police has arrested two suspected Jaish-e-mohammed (JeM) operatives who were planning to target three crowded markets, two important tourist spots, one religious site and one gas pipeline during the Republic day celebrations at the national capital.
The markets that were reportedly on the target included Lajpat nagar, Palika Bazar and Jama Masjid. The other places on the hit-list were India gate, Rajpath and the gas pipeline that passes through the North Delhi’s wazirabad.
According to the reports, upon interrogating the two terrorists namely Abdul Latif Ganai, alias Umair alias Dilawar and Hilal, the police came to know about their destructive intentions. Police first learned about the presence of the terrorists in Delhi after receiving a confidential input on JeM planning to launch strikes in Delhi during the Republic day celebrations.
“An input was received from a very reliable source that a terrorist of JeM who masterminded a spree of recent grenade attacks in Srinagar was planning similar terror strikes in heavy footfall areas in Delhi during the Republic day celebrations,” said Deputy Commissioner of Delhi Police (special cell), Pramod Singh Kushwaha.
Abdul Latif Ganai was taken into custody from Rajghat on Sunday, while he was staying at a house in East Delhi’s Laxmi nagar. A semi-automatic pistol, 26 cartridges and three “rubber stamps” with names of the some top JeM terrorists were recovered from him.
Ganai’s interrogation led to the arrest of the other suspect Hilal Ahmed Bhat, from Bandipora on Wednesday. Several grenades were seized from Bhat. The two had plans of bombing security personnel in Jammu And Kashmir and important sites in Delhi during the Republic day celebrations.