New Delhi: The Delhi Police has busted a terror module in the city and has arrested three people. Those arrested are suspected to be operatives of the Indian Mujahideen.
The police say some explosives have been recovered from them. The police also suspect that the arrested persons had been planning attacks in and around Delhi during the festive season.
Sources say that the module may have possible links with the August 2012 Pune blasts, in which one person was injured. Sources also said that the three arrested persons were close to fugitive Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal.
The police had on March 27 arrested another suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist, an alleged aide of Bhatkal, from north-east Delhi with one kg explosives and a detonator. Assadullah Rehman alias Dilkash (20) was apprehended from Chandu Nagar in Karawal Nagar. Dilkash, who hails from Darbhanga in Bihar, had allegedly escaped in November last year from the arms factory run by Indian Mujahideen in west Delhi's Nangloi before the police crackdown during which a number of suspected terrorists were nabbed by police.
A senior police official said Dilkash had told police that he had recently taken on rent a premises at Chandu Nagar from where investigators allegedly recovered one kg of explosive powder, a detonator, a timer and a mobile phone. "He came in contact with Mohd Kafeel Ahmad, the motivator and ideologue of Indian Mujahideen, who was arrested earlier. He was motivated by Ahmad to join Indian Mujahideen. In February 2011, Ahmad introduced him to Bhatkal who further motivated him," the official said.
In April last year, the official said, on instructions from Bhatkal, he reached Delhi and was taken to the factory at Meer Vihar in Nangloi which was later busted by police. There he learnt to work on the lathe machine and assisted Mohd Irshad and Bhatkal in allegedly manufacturing pistols and other arms and ammunition. "He became a trusted aide of Bhatkal," the official claimed.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has refused to give any information on the matter. "We are always on alert. There is no specific alert issued for any state," he added.
(With additional information from PTI)