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Delhi Police foil terror bid, nab 2 B'deshis

The two are being questioned about their exact plans and accomplices. Pics

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 16:47 IST

Foiling a terrorist plan to disrupt Republic Day celebrations in Delhi, police have arrested two Harkat-ul Jihad-e-Islami terrorists in the city.

The Delhi Police also recovered a large quantity of explosives from them.

Saidul and Shuabul, both Bangladeshi nationals, were arrested from Shastri Park area of East Delhi on Tuesday evening after a tip-off, Joint Commissioner of Police (special cell) Karnal Singh said on Wednesday.

At least 1.4 kgs of RDX, four detonators and two hand grenades were recovered from the two terrorists, Singh said.

The duo had come to Delhi about two months ago, the Joint Commissioner of Police said, adding they were suspected of planning to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations.

The terrorists are being questioned about their exact plans and whether they had any accomplices.

Police believe that they could have surveyed some locations that they planned to target.

President APJ Abdul Kalam will take salute at the main Republic Day parade in Delhi at Rajpath on Thursday in the presence of visiting Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the country's entire top brass.

Intelligence agencies had warned of terrorist activity to disrupt R-Day celebrations, prompting Delhi police to put the national capital on a "red alert" and step up security at vital installations.

First Published: Jan 25, 2006 10:11 IST