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Planning of Pathankot-like attack busted in Delhi. Rajnath Singh chairs security meeting with Doval

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 17 May 2016, 12:04 IST

A day after the arrest of three suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist, Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level security meeting. National security advisor Ajit Doval and Army chief General Dalbir Suhag were also present in the meeting.

Earlier on 4 May, the three arrested JeM terrorist were sent to 10-day police custody by a court as the investigators said their custodial interrogation was needed to crack their Delhi module.

The arrested terrorists were reportedly planning an attack similar to Pathankot in the national capital. Several malls and Hindon Airforce base of Ghaziabad, a district of the national capital region, were on the target of these terrorists.

During the proceedings, police told the judge that Mohd Sajid was arrested and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was recovered from him, adding that his hand was also burned while making explosives.

While seeking a 15-day custody, the agency told the court that the two other accused, Shakir and Sameer, were later arrested and some literature related to the terror organisation were recovered from them.

Their movement was being continuously monitored by the central intelligence agencies and special cell of the Delhi Police for the last one year, sources said, adding the trio had got indoctrinated through the internet.

While Sajid and Sameer hail from Delhi, Ansari is a resident of Deoband in Uttar Pradesh. They were produced before a court which remanded them in 10 days' police custody.

According to the sources, the three had an ideological leaning towards the banned Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group headed by Maulana Masood Azhar, who is wanted by India in connection with 2001 Parliament attack case and the terror strike on Pathankot air force base in January this year.

Besides arresting these three, police and other security agencies have detained nearly a dozen people for questioning, the sources said.

First published: 5 May 2016, 10:35 IST