Senior cop suspects 8 terrorists have entered Uttarakhand

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: Jan 26, 2016 14:28 IST
A view of the Clock Tower in Dehradun. The city is on alert for Republic Day celebrations. (Vijay Santosh Kumar/ HT photo)

Suspected terrorists may have sneaked into Uttarakhand and one of them was spotted in Dehradun late on Monday night, said a senior police officer on Tuesday.

“There is a group of eight men moving in the region. One (of them) was seen in Dehradun late Monday night,” said Uttarakhand director general of police BS Sidhu. He was speaking after flag hoisting ceremony at the state police headquarters in Dehradun during Republic Day celebrations.

The senior police officer said they received the information through a video clipping but refused to share the source of the footage provided to the police.

Police have released a photograph of the suspect after investigating the video clippings, he said.

Sidhu refused to share any detail about the suspected man, who is hiding in the city or its fringes, but said that police have been put on high alert and an intensive hunt has been launched to nab him.

Sources in the department told Hindustan times that the video footage was provided either by a shopkeeper or a resident who have installed CCTV cameras at their premises.

Earlier this month, four suspected IS members were arrested from Roorkee for allegedly planning to target the Ardhkumbh mela in Haridwar. On Monday, two al Qaeda suspects were arrested in Jamshedpur in Jharkhand.

Security forces are on high alert across the country after central intelligence agencies warned that terror groups may strike in major cities on Republic Day.

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