Ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) launched a nationwide operation with the local police of Karnataka, Telangana, and Mumbai, and arrested a number of terror suspects from across the country.
Raids were carried out in Hyderabad, parts of Maharashtra, western Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Assam. The NIA is trying to ensure full proof security during the event.
According to the media reports
, 12 suspects were detained on January 22. The suspects are believed to carry out multiple bomb blasts across the country.
The NIA after the initial interrogations recovered suspicious material from the four detained persons in Hyderabad. Detonators, maps and metal detector were recovered after these crackdowns. The four suspects detained in Hyderabad will be brought to Delhi by the NIA.
Six suspects were also detained from Bajpe and Tumkur in Karnataka in a joint operation by the NIA and the Karnataka police. After the investigators checked their bank account details, they found that foreign transactions were made. The detained are suspected to have association with the terror outfit ISIS.
Another suspect was detained in a joint operation by Mumbai Police’s Anti-Terror Squad(ATS) and the NIA in Mumbra, Mumbai.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has issued a terror alert after a white Alto taxi (licence number HP 01D 2440) that was hired in Pathankot has now gone missing and the driver was found killed. It has been learnt that three unknown people hired the car in Pathankot.
The security officials recently busted a terror plot to target Ardh Kumbh Mela in Haridwar and malls in Delhi-NCR.
Kiren Rijiju, minister of state of Home Affairs said that these arrests show government’s commitment in fighting terror. Following this, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had warned of possible terror attacks by the IS on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Franois Hollande during the Republic Day celebration in the capital.
French President Franois Hollande is going to be the chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations.