NEW DELHI: Delhi Police has detained 12 persons suspected to be linked with a outfit planning an attack in the city and recovered explosives from their possession after a series of overnight raids in the national capital and neighbouring states.
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.
All of them are suspected to be members of a sleeper unit of a 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.
Explosives have also been recovered from their possession.
The 12 are being questioned by Special Cell sleuths and intelligence officials.
Investigation is underway, the senior official added.
Out of those 12, three were arrested here last night for planning strikes in different parts of the New Delhi.
The three identified as Sajid Ahmad, Sameer Ahmed and Shakir Ansari were arrested while fabricating an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), official sources said.
Their movement was being continuously monitored by the central intelligence agencies and special cell of the Delhi Police for last one year, sources said, adding the trio had got indoctrinated through the Internet.
While Sajid and Sameer hail from Delhi-NCR, Ansari is a resident of Deoband in Uttar Pradesh. They were produced before a court which remanded them in 10 days’ police custody.
The three had been learning to put together IEDs over the past fortnight and last night Sajjid, the alleged kingpin of the group, got injured while making the explosive device.
His left hand was damaged when it went off accidentally, prompting the police to swing into action and arrest them.
According to the sources, the three had an ideological leaning towards the banned Jaish-e-Mohammed group headed by Maulana Masood Azhar, who is wanted by India in connection with 2001 Parliament attack case and the strike on Pathankot IAF base in January this year.