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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

High alert in Delhi, cops look for 2 suspected Jaish terrorists

Police are checking hotels, guesthouses and vehicles in the city while there is tight vigil on Delhi’s entry points.

india Updated: Nov 20, 2018 23:33 IST
Anvit Srivastava
Anvit Srivastava
Hindustan Times
Delhi police is on the lookout  for two suspected Jaish terrorists in the city.
Delhi police is on the lookout for two suspected Jaish terrorists in the city.(Handout)
         

Two days after a grenade attack in Amritsar killed three people and injured 20 others, police on Tuesday sounded an alert in Delhi and released photographs of two alleged Jaish-e-Mohammed operatives who could try to carry out a terror attack in the city.

Many senior officers on the condition of anonymity confirmed receiving an input about the two men from JeM, who could try to carry out a terror attack.

Deputy commissioner of police (special cell) Pramod Kushwah said they received inputs two Jaish-e-Mohammed suspects are approaching Delhi.

“All police stations have been alerted to step up patrolling in their respective areas and we are looking for the suspects,” he said.

Police said that they were checking guest houses, hotels and paying guest accommodations to find the suspects.

In the photo released by Delhi Police on their social media accounts — which have been pasted across the city — the two men are seen leaning on a milestone that reads, Firozpur 9 kilometres and Delhi 360 kilometres.

Firozpur is 133 km from Amritsar, where three people were killed and 20 injured when two men on a motorcycle threw a grenade at a religious congregation on Sunday. An archway is also seen in the background with a Pakistani flag hoisted from the top. A senior officer who did not wish to be named said they were yet to ascertain the whereabouts of these men in Delhi.

“We got input that they’re heading towards Delhi. We have increased vigil in border areas and inside the city. We are questioning second-hand car dealers. Our officers are checking parking lots to spot abandoned vehicles. Security at important installations such as Delhi Metro, IGI airport, inter-state bus terminals and security establishments have been significantly stepped up. There is no need to panic,” the officer from the Delhi’s anti-terror special cell said.

The officer said the district police had been alerted to maintain high security.

Police are also not dismissing a warning that was recently issued on a WhatsApp group allegedly being run by a member of the student’s wing of Jaish-e-Mohammed, in which they talked of avenging Maulana Masood Azhar’s nephew Usman Haidar encounter in Kashmir’s Tral on October 30.

Two days before the Amritsar attack, the Punjab Police had reportedly issued an alert that at least six to seven Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists had sneaked into Punjab and are believed to be hiding in Firorpur area. The alert also read that the suspected terrorists may plan to move towards Delhi.

First Published: Nov 20, 2018 19:16 IST