Lucknow, Dec 19 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh Police is inching towards arresting a group of fidayeen following alert by state and central intelligence agencies that they may be planning to target a VVIP politician of the state using a improvised belt bomb stuffed with high grade explosives.
Though senior police officials in the state did not confirm the alert, agencies said the alert has been sounded and the UP police has been asked to step up their vigil on a particular VVIP politician, reported to be Chief Minister Mayawati.
According to sources, the agency had intercepted certain telephonic conversations between a module of two fidayeen belonging to the LeT from a city in UP and Pakistan.
''Now the police is in search of the two fidayeen,'' sources said, adding that the two suicide bombers have already entered UP through the porus Nepal border. ''They have already been given the suicide belts for the planned attack,'' claimed a source.
Sources said as per the intercepted talks, the plot was to use belt bomb for the attack. The buckle of the belt would be improvised as a triggering device to set off the blast.
This will be the second time when such alert was sounded after arrest of three Jais-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists here last month who, in the media, had claimed that they were in UP to attack Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
Sources said that the conversation was intercepted after the intelligence agencies stepped up its effort to monitor all the suspicious calls following the serial bomb blast in the three cities of the state on November 23 in which 13 people were killed.
Meanwhile, the security arrangement of the Chief Minister have been strengthened.