A day after a Pakistan-backed terror module was busted in a major multi-state operation, Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad chief GK Goswami said on Wednesday that it was a difficult task due to the continuous VIP movement in the state.
In a massive joint operation, the Delhi Police Special Cell and UP ATS on Tuesday busted a Pakistan-organised terror module and arrested six, including two Pakistan-trained suspected terrorists. Three of them were arrested from Uttar Pradesh, officials said.
Speaking exclusively to India Today, UP ATS chief, GK Goswami said, “It was a herculean task, and as you know, Uttar Pradesh is a vast state, continuous VIP movement keeps happening. There are also many hotspots in the state, like Ayodhya.”
Central agencies, Delhi Police Special Cell and UP ATS also carried out joint raids in Pratapgarh, Raebareli, Lucknow and Prayagraj.
The UP ATS received information about an IED that was located in Prayagraj, but since the location was that of a local settlement it was like “finding a drop in the ocean”.
The key plan of the module in Uttar Pradesh was to allegedly carry out a series of blasts as per the information revealed from the initial round of questioning. The terrorists were also nabbed at the right time as they were at the first stage of their operation, sources said.
Sources in the investigating agencies have also confirmed that the terrorists who went to Pakistan for training were specially made to focus on carrying out blasts in congested areas.
On the backdrop of the Uttar Pradesh elections, Goswami said,”As a chief of UP ATS, it was extremely difficult for me because the Prime Minister and the President were frequently visiting. The assembly elections are also round the corner and our borders are also porous, especially the Indo-Nepal border, so we had to ensure that no hiccups were caused while nabbing these suspects.”