Gujarat: Terror alert still in place, many detained

On Tuesday, the local police of the Banaskantha district on the Indo-Pak border detained two Muslims from the premises of the Ambaji temple on suspicion.

Written by Satish Jha | Ahmedabad | Published: March 9, 2016 1:43 am
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Amid reports that terrorists may strike in Gujarat, the police and the National Security Guard (NSG) commandos are still on their toes. DGP (IB&CID) Pramod Kumar said the high alert sounded three days ago was still in place. “We have to see several aspects before saying that everything is OK. So the high alert is still in place. Police are still actively involved in finding out any suspicious person or activity,” said Kumar. A top official of the state ATS said four teams of NSG were still in the state.

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On Tuesday, the local police of the Banaskantha district on the Indo-Pak border detained two Muslims from the premises of the Ambaji temple on suspicion. The police later released them, following a detailed interrogation. Police said the duo had deposited three cellphones at the temple’s entrance as part of the security drill and returned without going into the main temple area.

Police sources told this paper, “When they came to claim their cellphones, the police officials guarding the temple asked for their identity. It was found that they were Muslims and told the police they were looking for a woman who is working with a travel firm identified as “Abu and Ambaji tours”. The police informed the senior officials who brought them to Palanpur and were questioned. Banaskantha SP Neeraj Badgujar said, “Nothing suspicious was found at the moment and they were let off. Further inquiry is going on.”

The Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) late Monday picked up one Abujar Mohammed Zuber Rajput alias Abu Rajput. Abujar’s father is a maulvi in a local mosque. He was grilled by the police officials for several hours. Sources said that Rajput was using three stolen phones and the SIM cards were obtained on forged documents. “He was making frequent calls to Saudi Arabia for the past couple of days which were intercepted. In view of the Intelligence input, we picked him up for questioning. Nothing suspicious was found and we let him go,” said a source in the DCB. Rajput is originally from Rajasthan, but for the past decade he has been settled in Kadiya Kui in Kalupur area. Despite repeated attempts, he couldn’t be reached for comment.

With Inputs from PTI

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