Terror plot busted in Delhi ahead of Republic Day, police on hunt for 4 more suspects

17 January, 2023 | Pragati Singh

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Ahead of Republic Day, Delhi Police is looking for four more terror suspects, in addition to the two nabbed last week in the national capital’s Jahangirpuri district, authorities said on Tues...

Ahead of Republic Day, Delhi Police is looking for four more terror suspects, in addition to the two nabbed last week in the national capital’s Jahangirpuri district, authorities said on Tuesday.

According to sources in the Delhi Police Special Cell, the terror suspects received weaponry from Pakistan using the drop-dead technique and spoke with their handlers on the other side of the border via a social media app.

 “Delhi Police looking for 4 other suspects. They received weapons from Pakistan through the drop-dead method and were in contact with handlers in Pak on the Signal app. They got weapons at an unidentified location in Uttarakhand which is being verified,” sources said.

This comes after two terrorists were arrested from the Jahangirpuri area in Delhi earlier in January who, according to the police, were tasked to carry out the targeted attacks in various states.

In the latest development, the Delhi Police got information about the involvement of 8 persons in the module. The police suspect the possible presence of four suspects in India presently.

“Their handlers sitting at the border sent instructions on the Signal app, after which they shared the location of the bag full of weapons through Google Maps. About 8 people are involved in this module of terrorists out of which 4 can still be present in India only. 2 terrorists were used to provide weapons and 2 were used to send the Google location of the weapons to their bosses by keeping the weapons at a particular location,” sources said.

According to reports, the terrorists’ weapons were discovered in an undisclosed site in Uttarakhand, which is presently being confirmed.

Meanwhile, the two terror suspects apprehended in the national capital’s Jahangirpuri neighborhood on Thursday were assigned to carry out targeted assassinations of rightwing figures on January 27 and 31, according to Delhi Police on Monday.

The Delhi Police had previously stated that it had detained two “suspect” individuals and found two hand grenades from their home in Jahangirpuri’s Bhalswa Dairy neighborhood.

The two suspects, identified as Jagjit Singh (29) and Naushad (29) by the Delhi Police Special Cell, were apprehended (56). They appeared in Patiala House Court on Friday and were remanded in police custody for 14 days.

Police sources later claimed that three rightwing leaders of Punjab and Delhi were on their hit list and they had even set a date and time to take out two of their targets.

Further, according to sources, the suspects, now in police custody, had receed two of their targets and had even taken note of their movements and daily schedules.

The sources added that the suspects were to receive Rs 50 lakh on killing the first target, Rs 1 crore for taking out the second and Rs 1.5 crore for eliminating the third.

Both had received Rs 5 lakh as token money through hawala operators, sources claimed further.

Police said they carried out a raid at their rented house at the Shradha Nand Colony in the Bhalswa Dairy police station limits on Friday, under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and recovered hand grenades. The police said they also recovered three pistols and 22 live cartridges from the suspects.

A team from the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) also visited the house and collected blood samples on Friday.

According to sources, it is alleged that the suspects killed a person in the house and shared a video of the killing with their handler.

The police stated that they were investigating who was slain.
The Delhi Police had previously stated that it had information linking Jagjit Singh to Khalistani terrorist Arshdeep Dalla. He is reportedly a part of the infamous Bambiha gang and has received orders from anti-national elements stationed abroad, according to city police, who also stated he is a parole jumper in a murder case in Uttarakhand.

Naushad is also linked to the terror organisation Harkat-ul-Ansar (HUA), which is located in Pakistan and mostly operates in Jammu and Kashmir.

He was sentenced to life in prison on two charges of murder and also served a 10-year sentence in connection with an Explosive Act case.

The accused took up residence at the rented house last year, during Diwali, adding that the construction of their own house is ongoing, according to the neighbours.