Terror sleeper cells may try to avenge Dadri lynching: Intelligence agencies
AGRA: An intercept shared by Intelligence Bureau and other intel agencies with Uttar Pradesh police says that terror groups are trying to activate sleeper cells in various cities to launch bomb attacks in the wake of the recent Dadri lynching and Mainpuri-like instances of violence.
Police across the state have been put on a high alert following the 5-page intercept (a copy of which is with TOI), which also contains a list of targets, including top VHP leaders Ashok Singhal and Pravin Togadia.
Senior superintendent of police for Government Railway Police Gopeshnath Khanna told TOI on Wednesday, “Having failed to execute their deadly assault in Gurdaspur in July, the terror outfits may now take advantage of the recent Dadri lynching incident to create disturbance during festival time as well as the ongoing panchayat polls. We are on high alert.”
In the intercept, which has actually been circulated among the state’s senior police officials, including DIGs, IGs and SSPs, two men are found exchanging details about sleeper cells in the state and are continuously referring to a man based in Allahabad who is known to provide assistance to people associated with terror groups. During the conversation, one man assures the other that “a few women cops honey-trapped by the outfits’ men will also provide assistance” in their mission. Several communally-sensitive locations across the state, including Kashi Vishwanath temple and Ramlala temple in Ayodhya, feature as targets in the intercept.
According to sources, two men have been detained by intelligence agencies and are being questioned by military and IB personnel in Allahabad. “During interrogation, the accused have disclosed their plans to attack UP Vidhan Sabha, Allahabad high court, Kanpur railway station and residential colonies for former military personnel in Allahabad,” a source claimed.
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Agra inspector general of police DC Mishra, however, played it down and said, “A high alert has actually been issued across the state, but it is for the festival time.”