Pakistani terrorists held in UP aimed at targeting ‘unarmed uniformed force’
NEW DELHI: The
two alleged Pakistani terrorists arrested by the UP ATS in Gorakhpur late on
Wednesday night had intended to target an “unarmed uniformed force” somewhere in
the state, police said on Thursday. ATS sources said the men, when shown a
picture of alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) leader Riyaz Bhatkal, had identified
him as ‘Tauseef’.
IG (Law &
Order) Amrendra Sengar said the men had been picked up outside Gorakhpur
railway station with AK 47 assault rifles, .30 bore Chinese pistols, over 100
rounds of ammunition and US and Indian currency notes. They were believed to
have received training at a Taliban camp in Afghanistan, Sengar said.
Sources said the
two alleged terrorists had been directed to fire indiscriminately at an
“unarmed uniformed force” in a building with a boundary wall lower than six
The IM had
attempted a similar but largely unsuccessful attack earlier, when Waqas and
Asadullah Akhtar — both of whom are currently in custody — allegedly fired at a
bus carrying foreign tourists near Delhi’s Jama Masjid ahead of the 2010
The men have
been identified as Abdul Waleed alias Murtaza alias Afroz, and Faheem alias
Mohammad Owais alias Salam, both natives of Karachi, police said. Fake voter
IDs found on them carried Gorakhpur addresses, the police said.
terrorists had allegedly been sent to India by Riyaz Bhatkal who is believed to
be based in Karachi. They were arrested following information obtained during
the interrogation of alleged IM operatives Waqas and Tehseen Akhtar ‘Monu’,
sources said. Waqas and Monu, who were arrested on Sunday and Tuesday
respectively, are now in the custody of Delhi Police’s Special Cell.