Recovery of Lucknow temple map from ultras creats ripples
Lucknow, Apr 5 (UNI) A map recovered from the six terrorists arrested here earlier today has given rise to speculations that the Hanuman Mandir at Aliganj in the Uttar Pradesh capital was on the hit list of the ultras.
With six ultras being arrested a day before Ramnavami, the state police heaved a sigh of relief, as the temple could have undergone the same fate as the Sankatmochan temple in Varanasi, where a blast had taken place on March seven last, police sources said here today.
The six were part of an ISI module, which had assisted three Bangladeshi terrorists trigger the twin blast at the Sankatmochan temple and Varanasi Cantonment Railway Station in Varanasi on March seven, sources added.
While, their interrogation has so far not revealed any plans, the recovery of the map has proved that many more religious places in UP, could have been on their hit list.
Senior police officials were tight lipped about the ultras future plans, but confirmed recovery of the sensitive map.
In a major breakthrough, the Special Task Force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh Police earlier in the day arrested six terrorists comprising an ISI module, who were behind the March seven twin blasts in Varanasi.
However, the STF was yet to get hold of the three Bangladeshi nationals who were also involved in the incident.
Identified as Waliullah, the ISI module chief was arrested in the state capital this morning. The other arrested included Mahbook Ali, Syed Suhiab Hasan, Mohd Rizwan Siddique, Farhan and Mohd Saad.
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