STATE TIMES NEWS
New Delhi: A possible terror strike was averted in the national capital with the Delhi Police arresting a suspected Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist from Uttar Pradesh.
The suspected operative was arrested from Gorakhpur two days ago, police said on Friday.
The Delhi Police said Liyakat Shah, the suspected terrorist, arrested from Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur, had come to India from Pakistan via Nepal. Addressing a news conference here, Special commissioner of Police (Training and Special Cell) S N Srivastava said Liyakat had come to Nepal on a flight from where he crossed into India through the Sunauli border.
Srivastava said Liyakat, who was arrested in Gorakhpur on March 20, had planned to carry out terror strikes with the help of new recruits.
”We have registered an FIR in the case,” Srivastava said.
The police officer said during interrogation, Liyakat said he had instructions to go and meet other Hizbul men in the Jama Masjid area, from where the Delhi Police early this morning recovered a cache of arms and ammunition.
Srivastava said the occupants of the hotel room from where arms were recovered managed to escape.
”We used a decoy and waited for them to come to the hotel. But when they did not return, we got the room opened and carried out a search operation. When we saw hand grenades there, we called in the bomb disposal squad,” Srivastava said, adding they recovered three hand grenades, 220 grams of high explosive plastic material, one AK-56 rifle, two magazines with 30 cartridges each, one map and dry fruits.
The police officer said Liyakat had instructions from senior Hizbul commanders to meet new recruits and carry out attacks in Delhi.
”His handlers had got him made a Pakistani passport. He was asked to destroy the same on arriving in Nepal,” the police officer added.