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Plot to ‘kidnap’ Rahul foiled
Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service

Lucknow, November 16
The state’s Special Task Force (STF) foiled a reported Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) plot to hold a ‘top VVIP politician’ hostage to mount international pressure for the release of 42 hardcore JeM terrorist at present lodged in various Indian jails, claimed DGP Vikram Singh today.

Four kg of RDX, five detonators, two AK 47 rifles, 120 rounds of AK 47, 16 China-made hand grenades, three China-made Star pistols and 101 cartridges, besides Rs 24,300 were recovered from them hinting that they entered the state capital on a grave mission.

Briefing the media, the DGP presented three suspected JeM terrorists, including Mohammad Abid (27), alias Fatte, a resident of Lahore, Yusuf (21), alias Faisal, of Multan, and Mirza Rashid Beg (26) of Gujranwale.

While none of the police officers present in the briefing took the name of any politician of any party, there was widespread speculation that the plot targeted at Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi.

Incidentally, Rahul was in the state capital on November 12 when he made his maiden trip to the UPCC office at Nehru Bhawan to attend the inaugural meeting of the UP Congress coordination committee. He had also announced on that day to come more frequently to the state to help revitalise the party.

According to the DGP, the revelations about the plot to get the release of 42 JeM terrorists, including the main accused of the reported attack on Parliament Afzal Guru, had come out through preliminary interrogation. He said the STF reportedly captured the three terrorists, who had undergone intensive specialised training in Pakistan and Afghanistan, while they were about to enter Lucknow.

They were held captive after a brief exchange of fire near the Morang Mandi.

The DGP refused to disclose the identity of the politician.

The arrested terrorists had also revealed a list of 42 reported JeM terrorists, who includes four Indians, 24 Pakistanis, 13 PoK nationals and one national of Nepal.

Meanwhile, the UP government today denied reports Rahul Gandhi was on the hit-list of the three Jaish-e-Mohammed militants arrested here this morning.

“The investigating agencies have so far not disclosed the name of the politician, who was the target of the militants. The interrogation is still on,” special secretary (home) Mohammad Idris told reporters.

About Rahul Gandhi’s name in the hit-list, Idris said he did not know who had taken his name and how it was taken.

Centre seeks report

New Delhi: The Centre today sought a factual report from the Uttar Pradesh government about the arrest of three militants arrested. “The home ministry is in touch with the Uttar Pradesh government and has obtained factual details of the incident,” home ministry sources said here. — PTI, UNI



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