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Delhi Police arrest 4 suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists from Rajasthan
New Delhi, March 23, 2014
The Delhi Police today said they had arrested four suspected terrorists of the Indian Mujahideen (IM), including the dreaded Zia ur Rahman alias Waqas, a Pakistani national wanted in connection with several bomb blasts across India, and three members of the IM's Rajasthan module from various cities of the state.
The four men were arrested from Ajmer, Jaipur and Jodhpur and the police described it as a major success in its fight against terrorism sponsored from across the border.
The other three men were identified as Mohammad Mahruf, 21, of Jaipur; Mohammad Waqar Azhar @ Haneef, 21, of Jaipur; and Shaquib Ansari @ Khalid, 25, of Jodhpur.
Mr S N Srivastava, Special Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, said the police had also made huge recoveries of suspected explosive material, detonators, electronic circuits, timers and other such items from Jaipur an Jodhpur at the instance of the arrestd men.
"With this, a spectacular terrorist strike has been averted. The Special Cell has got registered cases under the Explosive Substances Act at Jaipur and Jodhpur regarding the recoveries made from the terrorists of the Rajasthan module of IM," he said.
According to him, the Delhi Police had been working on clues that came up during the interrogation of Yasin Bhatkal, one of the founders of the Indian Mujahideen and among India's most wanted terrorists, who was arrested by Indian agencies in August last year from the India-Nepal border along with his associate Asadullah Akhtar @ Haddi.
After months of efforts in Karnataka, Odisha, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, the police received specific information on March 21 that Waqas was expected to arrive in Ajmer, Rajasthan by train the next day.
A team was despatched to Ajmer and they took positions at strategic points across the station and kept a watch on the passengers arriving there from various places.
Mr Srivastava said Waqas was spotted alighting from one of the trains and was apprehended. He was brought to Delhi, where he was produced before a special court and remanded in police custody. He is being interrogated by the police, he said.
According to him, Waqas said he had gone to Ajmer to oversee preparations being carried out by the other three men for a "spectacular terror strike".
The police sent teams to Jodhpur and Jaipur and, with the assistance of the local police, arrested the three men, he said.
Mr Srivastava said the material recovered from the men were meant to be used to fabricate powerful improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to create havoc in the national capital.