New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Thursday arrested a suspected Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist from Gorakhpur who revealed that there were plans of terror strikes on the occasion of Holi in the national capital. The police said the suspected terrorist, identified as Liaqat Shah, was sent by Pakistani agencies and was being trained in Pakistan.
"Arrested terrorist Liaqat had a Pakistani passport. He was instructed by his handlers in Pakistan to find targets in Delhi where fidayeen attack could be carried out," Delhi Police Special Commissioner SN Srivastava said.
Srivastava said the police acted after an Intelligence tip-off on possible terror strikes to revenge Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging. "We had an Intelligence tip-off that they wanted to take revenge of Afzal Guru's hanging. So, we acted and busted the Hizbul Mujahideen module," he said.
After Liaqat's arrest, a team of the Delhi Police's special cell raided a guest house in Delhi's Jama Masjid area. The team recovered some weapons and incriminating evidence which were supposed to be used for the attacks. "During search operation, we found three hand grenades, 1 AK 56 and other material. A microSD card has also been recovered," Srivastava said.
Sources say that the suspected operative, along with others, had carried out recce for possible terror attacks at busy marketplaces during Holi. The Hizbul operative has been remanded to police custody for 15 days.