The Uttar Pradesh anti-terror squad (ATS) on Sunday claimed to have busted a Naxal module planning to carry out attacks in the national capital around the time of Diwali.
The UP police says it has also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from the flat where these men were living. One of the weapons was an INSAS rifle, which could have been stolen from security forces, police said.
Earlier on Saturday, police arrested five men allegedly linked with Naxal groups in Noida. Officials said a senior Naxal leader was among the 10 accused arrested in two separate raids.
At a press conference on Sunday, Inspector General, UP ATS, Aseem Arun said that last month, “the Gautam Buddh Nagar district police had received a tip-off about “suspicious activities”, from a local in the area. An aware citizen informed that some Naxalite activities were taking place in Noida and some people are likely to carry out a big incident around Diwali. On the basis of this information, around 9 pm on October 15, a team of UP ATS and commandos surrounded a flat in Hindon Vihar in Noida Sector 49 and arrested five persons… After preliminary questioning, their associates were arrested.”
According to the police, all the men arrested during the raids are experts in bomb making and were planning to carry out attacks.