Terror plot to target top Hindu leaders in Delhi, Punjab; 4 suspects may still be in hiding
Four terrorists involved in a major terror plot targeting “influential Hindu leaders” in Delhi and Punjab could still be hiding inside India, reports quoting Delhi Police sources said on Tuesday.
The development comes days after two suspects were held in the capital city.
According to the reports, the terror plan was busted, close on the heels of Republic Day, when an investigation was launched after severed body parts were found Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area. The unidentified victim was reportedly beheaded on camera and video of the gruesome act was shared with Pakistan-based handlers of the terrorists, a probe by Delhi Police Special Cell revealed.
The arrested terrorists were identified as 56-year-old Naushad and 29-year-old Jagjit Singh, the former had earlier been jailed on murder and extortion charges while later is allegedly linked with the Khalistani terror movement.
Reports said that Naushad was being handled by an operative of Pakistan-based terror group Harkat-ul Ansar named Sohail while Khalistani terrorist Arshdeep Dalla was supervising Jagjit Singh.
Police said that three pistols, two grenades and live cartridges were found with the arrested terrorists, adding handlers may have used ‘dead-drop method’ to supply them weapons.
They said that the terrorists collected the weapons from a location in Uttarakhand.
Delhi Police sources revealed that at least eight people were involved in the plot and the hunt is on to catch the terrorists in hiding.
The sources added that the several top leaders from Delhi and Punjab were likely the target of the terror plot and had even finalized the time and date to make a move on two of the targets.
A probe is also being launched to investigate a nexus between Pakistani spy agency ISI and Khalistani outfits.