NEW DELHI (TIP): The special cell of Delhi Police foiled a terror attack in the national capital after apprehending a suspected Hizbul Mujahideen operative from Gorakhpur, near Nepal border, in Uttar Pradesh. The suspect has been identified as Liaqat Ali who ‘came’ to Delhi by Kosi Express, a source in Delhi Police said. Liaqat Ali is considered a hardcore terrorist, who initially underwent rigorous training in Pakistan, and has been associated with Hizbul Mujahideen for the last 15 years, the source added.
He has been involved in several operations. Based on inputs provided by him, the cops raided a guest house in Jama Masjid area on March 21 night. Special police teams and bomb squads reached the Hazi Arafat guest house in Jama Masjid area of central Delhi at 10.30pm and cordoned it off. They recovered assault rifles, hand grenades and more than 2kg of explosives from room number 304 of the guest house. The room was later sealed.
The ammunition was delivered in the room by a third person and was reportedly to be used by Liaqat Ali, cops say. Two of the guest house staff were taken into custody for questioning but were let off later after the sleuths found nothing against them. They provided information about the identity of the accused who visited the guest house. The cops suspect that the terrorists had planned a huge strike in the national capital to avenge the executions of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Mumbai terror attack convict Azmal Kasab.
The officers, though, have not confirmed if the cricket Test match between India and Austrailia at Ferozeshah Kotla was the target of the terrorists. The stadium is barely 4 km away from the hotel. Liaqat Ali has told the cops about the presence of his associates in the national capital after which a manhunt has been launched to nab them.