In a major breakthrough, the Intelligence Bureau and the special cell of the Delhi Police have busted a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror module active in the national capital. The cops have arrested 12 suspects from Delhi, NCR region and Deoband in Uttar Pradesh.
Sources say 8 of the 12 Jaish-e-Mohammed suspects have been nabbed from Delhi, while four of them have been picked up from Deoband.
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 terror 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.
The identity and nationality of the suspects have not been disclosed.
Senior cops said involvement of at least five of the suspects was certain. The rest, they said, were found tagging along the main suspects and hence have been detained so that their involvement can be probed.
The special cell has registered an FIR against the suspects for being members of an unlawful group (Unlawful Activities and Prevention Act, UAPA) and under the Explosives Act and for criminal conspiracy.