BJP, RSS Leaders Under Threat For ISIS-Inspired Terror Module, NIA Report Says

| December 27 , 2018 , 11:52 IST

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) jointly performed a search operation and raided a terror cell in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

The agency said a pro-Islamic State (IS) terror group, Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam, was behind the planned attacks.

"The terror organisation was planning attacks on senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders, and in crowded markets, perhaps even as early as by the New Year,” said a senior security official.

Ten people were arrested and a huge amount of arms, including 12 pistols and a country-made rocket launcher had been seized.

NIA inspector general Alok Mittal said the terror cell was “in an advanced stage” of preparations to carry out the attacks. “We have recovered huge quantities of ammunition along with Rs 7.5 lakh from their possession. We are examining the accused and more arrests are likely.”

He also stated that,"NIA on December 20 registered a case under sections 120B, 121, 121A, 122 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), Sections 4 & 5 of the Explosive Substances Act and sections 17,18,18 B, 20,38 and 39 of the UA(P) Act against the mastermind of the module - Mufti Mohd. Suhail.”

“On receipt of credible information that a group of pro-IS individuals have formed a terrorist gang and they are preparing to carry out terrorist attacks targeting vital installations, sensitive locations and crowded places in and around Delhi/NCR."

"These sections cover criminal conspiracy, attempting to wage war against the Government of India, and violations of the Explosive Substances Act," he further added.

NIA investigators are probing whether the group planned to target the Republic Day parade as well.

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A security official said, "the agency has thus far managed to identify 16 members of the group. Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam was probably put together by a planner from Afghanistan."

The local leader of the group has been identified as Mufti Mohammed Suhail, a native of the Jafarabad area of north-east Delhi who is currently a cleric in a mosque in Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha, he added.