The city was placed on high alert after the Delhi Police claimed to have received information of a terror plot to carry out suicide and grenade attacks targeting “high-profile personalities” in the national capital. An FIR registered by the special cell said Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives have already infiltrated into India via the Jammu and Kashmir border.
Police sources said raids were being conducted across Delhi and other northern states but no arrests were made yet.
The FIR was registered on December 1 after a special cell inspector reportedly received information from a “credible source” that the “LeT is planning or conspiring to carry out sensational terror attacks in Delhi and other parts of the country”. The FIR names two operatives of the banned terror outfit -- Dujana and Ukasha -- who are reportedly in Jammu and Kashmir and “are conspiring to target high-profile personalities in Delhi by carrying out fidayeen (suicide) and grenade attacks”. “The two could allegedly carry out the attacks themselves or through the cadres using names of Noman, Zaid, Khursheed among others who are actively participating in the conspiracy,” the FIR said, without giving details on the alleged operatives or their suspected targets.
The high alert comes almost three weeks after 26/11-style terror attacks by the Islamic State (IS) in Paris shocked the world. The Delhi Police special cell had in June registered a similar FIR against unidentified members of the IS for plotting attacks in the city but in that case too no arrests were made.
Investigation of the LeT threat has been handed to a DCP rank officer after a case was registered under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. A senior officer said police across states have been told to stay alert and conduct extensive checks onboard trains and outstation trucks.
“Delhi is always on high alert. The checking across the city was intensified after the Paris terror attack. Delhi Police in co-ordination with counterparts from neighbouring states are patrolling the borders and conducting stringent checks,” the officer said.