HUJI planned to blow up UP temples
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HUJI planned to blow up UP temples

Six terrorists arrested on Wednesday had hatched a conspiracy to blow up two old Hanuman temples in Varanasi.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 16:07 IST

Six Harkat-ul-Jehad al Islami (HUJI) terrorists, including the mastermind behind the Varanasi blasts, had hatched a conspiracy to blow up the two Hanuman temples' in the city on Ramnavami, state police's Special Task Force sources said.

A map of the city had been recovered from the possession of terrorists, who were arrested on Wednesday, marking the spots, which they had planned to strike, the sources said.

They said terrorists had planned to blow up the old Hanuman temples at Aliganj and the one near Lucknow university in the city Ramnavami day on Thursday as a large number of devotees pay obeisance there on this day.

Sources said some Pakistani passports had also been recovered from them.

The STF was in touch with Central intelligence agencies and efforts were on to nab their masters in Bangladesh with the help of the Interpol, they said.

The STF had arrested six HUJI terrorists, including Wali ullah, who was the mastermind behind the twin blasts in Varanasi on March 7.

They also revealed during interrogation that three Bangladeshi terrorists who had triggered blasts in Varanasi could also be behind the last year's terror blasts in Delhi and Shramjeevi Express train near Jaunpur.

First Published: Apr 06, 2006 14:54 IST