The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police on Sunday detained two persons allegedly involved in activities that prompted the terrorist attack advisory in New Delhi a day earlier.
According to police sources, one of the young men detained allegedly made the phone call that led to a full-blown intelligence alert in the Capital.
<b1>The police have identified the man as Shabir. He was picked up during a joint operation of the police of J&K and Delhi after the phone call was traced to his number. It could not be ascertained whether he was using a mobile or a landline.
New Delhi was on a high alert on Saturday following inputs that that there might be blasts in crowded markets of the city.
Sources said another young man called Umar was nabbed after it was found that he was allegedly in league with a Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative called Furqan. Lashkar-e-Tayyeba is a Pakistan-based terrorist organisation.
Inspector-General (Kashmir Range) Farooq Ahmad confirmed this arrest but did not name the person.
Last week, security agencies monitored his activities, including his email correspondence with Furqan.
In the correspondence, the two had allegedly mentioned people who had entered India through Bangladesh and Nepal to carry out sabotage activities in Delhi.
The police are trying to locate the computer that was allegedly used by Omar to send email. The complete picture of the email correspondence is yet to be constructed. Both the persons were under police surveillance for the past six months. The two have been detained in a police station in Srinagar. Senior police officers in Delhi, however, refused to comment on the arrests of the two persons.
“We know about the arrests. Right now we cannot comment about the involvement of the accused because the J&K police have not officially involved us. But these arrests will not affect the security cover in the city. We are on a high alert,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Delhi police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said: “The Delhi police are aware of the advisory issued by US embassy that there are increased indications that a terrorist attack is imminent in New Delhi. The Delhi police are taking appropriate measures.
(with Delhi inputs)