A timely action by the special cell of Delhi police has prevented a possible terror attack in Delhi during the Republic Day celebrations, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Special Cell Pramod Kushwaha on January 24, 2019.
"Timely arrest of two Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist prevented major terror strike. Two Jaish-e-Mohammed) (JeM) terrorists were planning to carry out a series of attacks across the national capital," Kushwaha said.
Abdul Latif Ganai alias Dilawar and Hilal were arrested following specific input that “a terrorist of JeM who is the mastermind of a spree of recent grenade attacks in Srinagar, is now planning similar terror strikes in heavy footfall areas in Delhi during the ongoing Republic Day Celebrations,” he said.
Ganai was arrested during the intervening night of January 20 and 21, and Hilal was arrested from Bandipora.
“They wanted to carry out terror strike in the national capital during Republic Day celebrations. The targets were VIP areas, iconic places and vital installations. We have recovered two grenades from Ganai's house and his associate terrorist Hilal has also been arrested because of their timely arrest terror strike has been prevented,” Kushwaha further said.
A team of Special Cell rushed to Jammu and Kashmir and recovered two IEDs from his possession, he said.
DCP Special Cell, Kushwaha added that the initial input of this operation came from Laxmi Nagar area of Delhi. "The special team got to know that on the night of January 20 Abdul Latif Ganai will be coming here and we arrested him. His father was also a surrendered militant," he added.
“He works for Abu Mass and according to him, Abu Mass is a Pakistani terrorist. Abu mass handed over many hand grenades to him which were lobbed at many places. They were here in Delhi from last 10-15 days,” Kushwaha added. (Source ANI)