Mumbai: Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested six terrorists from across the country who were planning to carry out terrorist attacks during the festive season in India. One of them, Mohammad Sheikh, is a resident of Dharavi and has been identified as belonging to the Dawood Ibrahim gang. No explosives were found in his possession, Vineet Agarwal, head of the state’s anti-terrorism squad, told a press conference on Wednesday. “Mumbai and the state are safe and no explosives were found in Mumbai,” he said.
Delhi Police had conducted simultaneous raids across the country and arrested six terrorists. Two of them had received training from Pakistan’s ISI. The ISI had planned to carry out terrorist attacks in the country during Ganpati, Navratra and Ramlila with Dawood’s accomplices in hand, Delhi Police said in a press conference on Tuesday. Dawood’s brother Anis Ibrahim, who lives in Pakistan, was behind the attack, police said. Sheikh was planning to go to Delhi. He tried to get a ticket on the 9th. But he did not get a ticket. He got the ticket of Hazrat Nizamuddin Delhi station of Golden Temple Express train on 13th. As he was leaving the car, Delhi Police arrested him from Kota in Rajasthan. Five others were also arrested.
The action was taken by the Delhi Police on the basis of information received from the central authorities. The operation was carried out from Delhi as the crime scene was in Delhi. Maharashtra Police was not informed about this, the police clarified. Meanwhile, the state’s anti-terrorism squad will visit Delhi and interrogate Sheikh. The Delhi Police will also take up the matter with the Maharashtra Police. Delhi Police and Maharashtra Police will work together in this regard, Agarwal said.
A case related to Dawood gang 20 years ago has been registered against Sheikh at Paydhuni police station. He has also been charged with power theft in 2010. Police were watching his movements.