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Saffron clad terrorists may target religious places, shopping malls in UP

It said that terrorists, believed to be 25-30 in number, could be donning saffron robes or pose as saints to evade security establishments scrutiny.

Vishal Pratap Singh, New Delhi [Updated:22 Apr 2017, 2:00 PM IST]
Saffron clad terrorists may target religious places,
Saffron clad terrorists may target religious places, shopping malls in UP:Report

The Madhya Pradesh Police has alerted their Uttar Pradesh counterparts that members of ISIS Khorasan group may target religious places, shopping malls and crowded markets in the state.

It said that terrorists, believed to be 25-30 in number, could be donning saffron robes or pose as saints to evade security establishments scrutiny.

As per reports, all terrorists, aged around 18, have already infiltrated into India via open border with Nepal in Maharajganj district.

According to police, after Khandwa jail breakout, several SIMI militants had taken shelter in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district. At that time, they had changed their identity and introduced themselves as Hindu. 

It is also said that several members of Khorasan group have stayed in Lucknow with changed identity. 

The UP Police has now asked its personnel to be always on alert and keep a close watch on suspected movements.

The alert came as the Yogi Adityanath government shunted out DGP Javeed Ahmed and replaced him by 1980-batch IPS officer Sulkan Singh.

Last month, an alleged terrorist, suspected to have been influenced by the Islamic State ideology, was killed in Lucknow after a 12-hour police encounter. It was later discovered that that the killed militant had played key role in the Ujjain-Bhopal passenger train blast.

On Thursday, a major terror attack in the country was claimed to have been averted as 10 suspected ISIS activists were held in a major multi-state operation. The joint operation was carried out by the police teams of Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh.

 

The arrests were made during raids this morning in Mumbra (Maharashtra), Jalandhar (Punjab), Narkatiaganj (Bihar), and Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar (both in Uttar Pradesh).

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