Four suspected ISIS activists held, security beefed up at Ardh Kumbh Mela



Four students apparently Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) members were arrested by the Delhi Police. Apart from attacking malls in Delhi and NCR, they had also panned to spread havoc in Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016.

A special cell of the Delhi Police arrested the suspected ISIS members from from Manglour town in Haridwar district. The cops said they also wanted to target trains that brought thousands of pilgrims to Haridwar, according to reports.

Those arrested have been identified as Akhlaq, Osama, Mohammad Azim and Mohammad Mahroz. All four were booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

According to a media report, Select City Walk, Saket, DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj and the Great India Place in Noida were likely to be targeted by the suspected ISIS members. However, the police said no firearms were recovered from them. The arrests confirmed the presence of the ISIS in India.

The suspected ISIS activists were in contact with their handlers via Facebook and Whatsapp. They were near to putting together Integrated Explosive Devices (IEDs) and buying weapons.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is monitoring the situation, while an investigation has been launched.

Meanwhile, security around vital installations in Haridwar and at the Ardh Kumbh mela have been intensified following the arrest of four suspected ISIS activists here.

Security at Har Ki Pauri and other crowded places has been beefed up, Inspector General of Police GS Martolia, in-charge, mela security, said.

Four youths suspected to be with ISIS were arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell and Uttarakhand police. It was learnt that they were planning to attack the mela.

All vehicles coming to Haridwar besides hotels and lodges in the district are being checked. Senior police officers patrol the mela areas 24×7, he said. A vigil is being kept around vital installations and at points bordering Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh with patrolling and frisking being intensified, added Martolia.