In a joint operation carried out by police teams from across five states, the Uttar Pradesh Anti Terror Squad and the Delhi Police Special Cell on Thursday arrested three suspected terrorists from Jalandhar, Mumbai and Bijnor. Those arrested are suspected to be part of an ISIS module that was looking for potential recruits in Bihar, UP and Maharashtra.
The UP ATS along with police officers from the five states-Mumbai (Maharashtra), Jalandhar (Punjab), Narkatiyaganj (Bihar), Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) carried out the operation.
Six more people have been detained by the police team and they are currently being questioned. An official belonging to the UP ATS said that they had “received information of a group being readied for terror activities. Special Cell Delhi Police, Crime Investigation cell Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra ATS, Punjab and Bihar Police were involved in operation.”
In a statement issued, the Maharashtra ATS said that during the operation, Nazim Shamshad, 26-year-old, was arrested by the UP ATS. He is a resident of Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh.
The statement said that the arrested proposed to cause ‘harm to national integrity and social harmony’.
During the raid, cash, mobile phones, and other equipment were seized.
An offence in Lucknow under section 120(b), 121, 122, 123, 153 of the IPC and section 18 of the UA(P) Act has been registered.