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Delhi, terrorists’ safe house

delhi Updated: Feb 02, 2011 00:14 IST
Karan Choudhury

The Capital is fast turning into a 'hiding place', where operatives of major terror outfits are pouring in and scouting for safe houses. Starting from the Maoists, Indian Mujahideen agents to operatives of north-eastern terror outfits, everyone who is under fire from security agencies in other states is coming to the Capital in search of a safe haven.

"It is easy to rent a house in one of the hundreds of unauthorised colonies in the city. It provides a perfect cover to anyone who plans to hide from other state police forces. These terrorists know that if they maintain a low profile in the city, then they can stay here for long," said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The police said northwest, east, outer, and west Delhi are some of the areas where terror operatives are finding hiding places.

The police have increased vigilance in these areas and is constantly keeping a check on all rented apartments.

"We, on a routine basis, question property dealers here and ask them to provide us information of every new person coming to their area to stay on rent," added the officer.

On Saturday, the Special Cell managed to nab one of the top commanders of a north-eastern terror outfit. Trained in Myanmar, Lieutenant Oinam Ibomcha Singh, 28, belongs to one of the most dreaded terrorist organisations operating in the country.

The Special Cell from Vijay Nagar in northwest Delhi arrested him. Singh is the third in command in the banned terrorist outfit People's Liberation Army (PLA), which was formed in 1978 and comprises of ethnic groups such as Nagas, Kukis, Meiteis and has the objective of liberating Manipur. PLA militants are equipped with sophisticated arms and are involved in extortion, killings and other terrorist activities.

The police said after finding and acquiring safe houses in Guwahati and Dimapur, Singh had come to the Capital to look for other such places in the city.

"As the police in these states is hunting them down, they have decided to shift base to the Capital. Here, Singh was living under a false name and had fake papers as well," said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity.