Dehradun : In the wake of recent arrests of eight terror suspects from Uttarakhand’s Haridwar and UP’s Saharanpur, Deoband, and Shamli by the UP anti-terrorist squad ( ATS ), senior officials of UP police claim that Haridwar is being considered a safe haven by radicals due to massive anti-terrorism crackdown in UP. Out of eight, three men were arrested from Haridwar for alleged links with Bangladesh – based terror groups Al Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent ‘ ( AQIS ) and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh ( JMB ). Besides this, a Bangladeshi terrorist, Abdul Talha who is currently absconding, was also hiding in Haridwar, officials said.
” In the past few years, we have increased action against radical elements in the state, especially in west UP. As a result, many of them have fled to the rural areas of Haridwar district bordering UP, ” said a senior officer of UP police requesting anonymity.
As per the statement issued by the agency on Monday, out of the eight arrested men, the three who were from Haridwar include, All Noor, a JMB leader bailing from Dhaka in Bangladesh who had taken shelter at a house in Salempur, Haridwar with the help of the locals. The other two arrested are Mohammaed Mudassir and Mohammed Kamil.
” Noor along with Talha, who is also wanted by NIA and West Bengal STF, were staying in Salempur for the past several months. During their stay, they radicalized many local youths by promoting the ideology of ‘ Gaza – e – Hind ‘, an Islamist group that believes in the prophecy of an Islamic army conquering India. They were assisted by Mudassir and Kamil in getting accommodation in the area and holding small events to radicalize youth, ” the officer said . He also informed that during his stay in Haridwar, Talha had given Rs 80,000 to Mudassir ” for terror activities ” and got Rs 2.50 lakh transferred in Kamil’s bank account.
Earlier in March this year, the UP ATS had also nabbed a 19 – year – old Jaish – e – Mohammad operative Enamul Haque from Haridwar ” for planning terror attacks in India and radicals ing youths in Haridwar and its nearby areas. ” Haque, a native of Giridih, Jharkhand, was also the admin of a WhatsApp group named ‘ Jaish – e – Mohammed Al Jihad ‘ which was created with a Pakistani mobile number and had 233 members. He was also allegedly in touch with his handlers based in Pakistan through the director general of police, Uttarakhand said, ” The state police is on high alert. We work in coordination with central agencies like NIA and IB, as well as police departments of neighboring states like UP. In this case, a coordinated effort between Uttarakhand STF and UP ATS resulted in nabbing the main terror suspects hiding in Haridwar “