25 Terror Suspects Arrested !!
About 25 people have been arrested across the country in an anti-terror operation by the National Investigation Agency or NIA, four of them from Hyderabad, sources have said. National capital Delhi and other cities are on alert ahead of Republic Day.
The NIA is reportedly looking for five terrors suspects in Hyderabad.
It was not immediately clear whether the large-scale arrests are connected to an old case or the security threat ahead of January 26, Republic Day, which will feature French President Francois Hollande as chief guest at the parade in Delhi.
At a recent review of security ahead of Republic Day, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, officials concluded that an ISIS threat "is very real". In November, ISIS gunmen struck Paris killing 130 people in a cafe, rock concert and other public places.
On Wednesday, four men were arrested from Uttarakhand for alleged links to the ISIS. They had been under surveillance for visiting ISIS propagandist sites.
The men arrested yesterday were allegedly planning to attack the ongoing Kumbh Mela at Haridwar in Uttar Pradesh, trains headed there, as well as strategic locations in the national capital, the police said.
The police have warned that they were part of a bigger group. "The national capital faces threat until the entire module is busted," a police officer said.
Yesterday, a letter warning against President Hollande's visit was delivered to the French consulate in Bengaluru. The letter was reportedly mailed from Chennai.
A new security alert was triggered today when the driver of a missing taxi was found mysteriously dead. The taxi was hired from Pathankot, where terrorists attacked an air force base earlier this month.
The taxi has not been found. This is the second missing vehicle since a police officer's car with a beacon was stolen in the early hours of Wednesday.
The missing vehicles have caused alarm weeks after the January 2 Pathankot attack, in which the stolen car of a police officer was used by the terrorists to reach the air force base.