Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday said the nine arrested ISIS suspects from Jalandhar, Mumbai and Bijnor in a joint operation with the state Anti-Terrorist Squad were ‘self radicalized’.
Additional Director General of Uttar Pradesh Police Daljit Chaudhary said, “The youth arrested are not in liaison with any group, they are self-motivated, self guided and self-radicalised.” The police have evidence against four held and others are being interrogated.
“In the searches conducted, no incriminating evidence has been found as yet but it can be called a possible criminal conspiracy,” he added.
Chaudhary further said that they are misguided youth and can be admitted to the mainstream after counselling. Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad said it received information of a group being readied for terror activities.
“Special Cell Delhi Police, CI cell Andhra,Maha ATS, Punjab and Bihar Police were involved in the operation,” it added.
Nearly a month ago, police had busted an ISIS-inspired terror module and one of its suspected members, Saifullah, was killed in a 12-hour siege and anti-terror operation in Lucknow.
The module was allegedly involved in the Ujjain train blast.