Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh police have tightened its security on Saturday following intelligence inputs that "ani-national elements" dressed like Hindu saints were planning to carry out 'spectacular' terror attacks at famous religious sites and public places in the state.
According to the inputs provided by Madhya Pradesh police , 17 – 18 men had been trained by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence in Hindu religious practices and shlokas, and might try to blend into the local populace in order to carrying out attacks.
"A group of 17-18 anti-national elements, trained in Hindu rituals, is planning a spectacular incident at prominent religious director general of MP police said.
The alert comes after a month of the Hindu hardliner leader and CM yogi Adityanath came to power in the state, and roughly two days after UP's anti-terrorist squad busted a suspected terror module along with sleuths from five other states.
Uttar Pradesh's new Director General of police, Sulkhan Singh, who took the office yesterday, said he "won't be able to comment immediately on a specific issue". "But. I can assure you that we are capable of neutralizing any threat," Singh said.
A senior official said police tightened security in crowded places as well as important pilgrimages such as Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi. Besides, he said, additional security personnel were deployed at the Taj Mahal in Agra, the high court in Allahabad and its Lucknow bench, the assembly and secretariat buildings and other important government officials in Lucknow.
The MP police referred to a 2016 incident in its letter in which eight suspected members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi) had also assumed the guise of Hindus to escape attention. The men were killed after escaping from a jail in Madhya Pradesh last year.
The document also cited the example of Gaus Mohammed, a suspected terrorist who was found under a Hindu name, Karan Khatri, in Lucknow in March. "In February, intelligence agencies in the state were tipped off about four dozens terrorists sneaking into UP through the porpos border with Nepal," reads the letter.