Lucknow: The ISIS had plans to trigger riots by attacking places of worship of Hindus and Muslims. The four arrested terror suspects, with alleged ISIS links, also had plans to trigger blasts in crowded markets to kill hundreds of people. This has come to light during the interrogation of the four suspects by UP ATS.
The four had plans to attack a crowded market or a fair in Haridwar and Shia Eidgah at Naugawan Sadat in Amroha. Torching a sugar mill at Narkatiaganj in Bihar was also part of their plan, apart from cylinder or battery shops in a market..
During interrogation they also revealed that there was a plan to attack Pakistan-born Canadian writer Tarek Fatah when he visited India. These plans were revealed allegedly during interrogation of Faizan and Ahtesham. The ATS, along with police of five states, had arrested Nazim Shamshad alias Umar, Zeeshan alias Ghazi Baba alias Muzammil, Faizan alias Mufti and Ahtesham from Mumbai, Punjab, Bijnor in UP and Bihar, respectively.
“During interrogation, Faizan said he was in touch with a youth in Mumbai for the purchase of explosives and weapons after their contact in Bijnor, who was paid advance for the explosives, failed to deliver the consignment…We have sent details of Faizan’s contact to the Mumbai Police,” an ATS officer was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
“We have shared information collected during interrogation with central agencies. The accused have revealed they planned to attack Tarek Fatah. They also wanted to kill any police officer in Mumbai Police,” the officer added.