Bangalore/Mumbai, Sept. 1 (PTI): Five more suspects have been arrested in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh intensifying the crackdown on the “terror module” busted in Karnataka, as a probe showed that a nuclear installation and several defence establishments were targeted for attack.
With the arrest of the five — four in Nanded and one in Hyderabad — who allegedly had links with the 11 terror suspects picked up by Bangalore police, the number of those detained in the terror plot rose to 16.
The 11 people, including a journalist and a Defence Research and Development Organisation employee arrested earlier this week, were suspected to have links with Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba and Harkat-ul Jihad-al Islami (HuJI) and were allegedly plotting to kill MPs, MLAs and media persons in Karnataka.
“We have arrested four persons, who have links with the terror suspects arrested in Bangalore,” Maharashtra ATS chief Rakesh Maria said. However, he refused to divulge any further details.
Obedulla-Ur-Rehman, 21, was arrested in Hyderabad yesterday with alleged links to Lashkar and HuJI on the basis of information given by the terror suspects, police commissioner Jyotiprakash Mirji said.
“Obedulla-Ur-Rehman along with others had conspired to kill two corporators and one prominent leader of a Hindu organisation of Hyderabad,” he said.