New Delhi : Four youths have been booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on grounds of allegedly planning attacks during the Ardh Kumbh Mela festival. Special Cell of Delhi police arrested four college students from Uttarakhand’s Haridwar district for their alleged plans to carry out attacks during the famous Ardh Kumbh mela. The accused were suspected of planning to target heavily-occupied passenger trains bringing pilgrims to the four-month long festival which commenced since the beginning of this month.
The accused have been identified as Akhlaq-ur-Rehman, Mohammed Osama, Mohammed Azim Shah and Mohamad Mehraj. According to police while Akhlaq is a resident of Bhagwanpur Chandanpur village, Azim and Mehraj belong to Landhura. Osama is a native of Jarosa of Haridwar district. All the accused are between 18-22 years of age. Arvind Deep, Special Commissioner, Special cell revealed — We have arrested the accused on January 19. It is too early to comment about which organisation they are from. However what we can say at this point is that Central Intelligence Agencies had received credible input about the possible attacks.
The Comissioner also stated — The four suspects were tracked down with inputs from a central intelligence agency. They had planned to carry out terror attacks at the Ardh Kumbh mela, trains heading towards Haridwar passing through Roorkie and some strategic locations in Delhi.
However, the authorities refrained from revealing name of any possible terror outfit to which the youth belonged or the recoveries made by its team during the arrest. ‘The national capital faces threat until the entire module is busted,’ said the Commissioner.