The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Sunday stated it has cracked a terror module linked to Al-Qaeda in Lucknow after it caught two terrorists from the Kakori area of the city. A squad of ATS initiated a search operation in the area today afternoon. The two accused have been taken into custody and are being cross-questioned.
The ATS has got information that an Al-Qaeda terrorist based near Pakistan-Afghanistan outskirts, Umar Halmandi, was attempting to recruit Indian youths for the terror organization. Halmandi had recognised a few marginalised people in Lucknow to indoctrinate and recruit them into the AQIS organisation.
UP ADG, law and order, Prashant Kumar said, “We have cracked a big terror module linked to Al Qaeda.”
This module was being readied under Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), an offshoot of Al Qaeda, which has been prepared to execute terror activities, the police said in a press release.
Those captured have been recognised as Minhaz Ahmed and Masiruddin aka Mushir. A third co-conspirator has been identified as Shakeel. The three were receiving directions from Halmandi to execute terror operations in various cities of Uttar Pradesh, including Lucknow, before August 15, police said.
Minhaz and Masiruddin were arrested on Sunday after ATS commandos encircled the house they had assembled in, from all sides. The bomb disposal squad was also called into the location. In this activity being ldriven by IG GK Goswami, two pressure cooker bombs, time bombs and a huge cache of arms have been rescued so far.
As per sources, the ATS was scanning this house, which belongs to a person named Shahid, for a long time due to dubious activities of visitors, especially one named Waseem.
The ATS initiated the search operation today after the information was confirmed. Local cops were also present on the site. The ATS sealed the Kakori zone and evaded the nearby houses.
Around three to four dubious youths were seen visiting the house for several days, of which two were caught today while search is on to catch other suspects.