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Police arrest three in terror swoops
Suspected militants were 'planning terror campaign in New Delhi'
- Swati Deb, New Delhi
- October 12, 2012
The suspected members of the outlawed Indian MujahideenÂ were allegedly planningÂ attacksÂ during the major Hindu festival season which starts later this month.
Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar told a press conference yesterday that they also planned to carry out strikes in the temple city of Bodhgaya, a Buddhist hub in the eastern state of Bihar.
The arrests of Asad Khan, Imran Khan and Syed Feroze Â over the past two weeks is seen as a major breakthrough, Kumar said. The men also had alleged links with Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani terror group which has claimed responsibility for previous terrorist attacks in India.
Asad Khan, a computer specialist andÂ an alleged recruiter for the group, was arrested along with Imran Khan at their hideout on September 26. Feroze was arrested at the cityâ€™s Nizamuddin railway station on October 1.
Explosives, detonators, batteries and nails to be used in bombs were also recovered from the suspects,Â theÂ police commissionerÂ said.
He accused the menÂ of beingÂ responsible for several small explosions in the western city of Pune in August, in which one person was injured.
A Pune cafe popular with foreigners was the target of a 2010 bombing that killed 17 people.
It is reported that the questioning of Syed Zabiuddin Ansari was a major factor in apprehending the alleged terrorists. Ansari, an Indian citizen, is thought to be a key player in the 2008 attacks in Mumbai which killed 166 people. He was arrested at New Delhi airport in June.
Sources in the Indian intelligence community toldÂ ucanews.com they had reason to suspect that al-Qaeda is eyeing a series of major strikes against indigenous people in the Myanmar-Assam border area.
Track-2 diplomacy at work between rivals