Mumbai, Ahmedabad were on LeT list
The terrorists, trained in Pakistan, had been pushed into India via Bangladesh.Updated: May 09, 2006 20:37 IST
A day after a suspected Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist was shot dead and two others were arrested, Delhi Police has said that the miscreants were planning to launch attacks on business centres in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Police said that the terrorists had confessed that they were targeting Gujarat's Kandla port and the railway bridge, the motor market and an ongoing meeting of film producers in Ahmedabad.
"Some of the busy markets and important business centres of Mumbai were also on their hit list," said Karnal Singh, joint commissioner of special cell of the Delhi Police.
Police had shot dead Abu Hamza on late Monday evening, who was later identified as a Pakistani national and senior operative of the LeT.
Police added that the terrorists who were arrested from the New Delhi railway station were identified as Abdullah alias Firoz and Mohammad Ali. Singh said Abdullah was a resident of Mumbai whereas Ali was from Ahmedabad.
"Both of them had received training in Pakistan and were later pushed inside the Indian territory from the porous India-Bangladesh border," said Singh.
Hamza, who was killed during a shootout at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, was also wanted for masterminding various attacks on the Army and paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
"Since Hamza was killed in the encounter, we do not know his targets, but we have found that he was trying to set up bases in Delhi and adjoining areas," said Singh.
Police had then raided Hamza's rented house in Ballabhgarh, Haryana. There they found two AK 56 rifles, 10 hand grenades, 179 live bullets, 5 kg of PETN, 5 kg of urea, 3 litres of nitric acid, one litre glycerine and several electronic devices and circuits.
"We were aware that a large cache of arms would be found from the hideout, but this was one of the biggest consignments recovered by police in the past months," said Singh.
He added that the arrested terrorists had also stayed at the LeT headquarters in Bahawalpur in Pakistan, where they were trained to use weapons and make sophisticated bombs using RDX.
"These two people were also experts at making bombs using locally available material like urea and nitirc acid," said Singh.
He said that they had sent a team to Mumbai and the Delhi Police was carrying out raids at terrorist hideouts at various places in the city. "We have received specific information about certain places and the raids are on."
First Published: May 09, 2006 19:57 IST