Lucknow, April 22: The Uttar Pradesh police has been kept on high alert and securities have been tightened up in all districts on Saturday following intelligence inputs that some “anti-national elements” trained by Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) can attack religious sites and public places in the state. The report further said that these attackers will be dressed up like “Hindu saints” or “sadhus” who are looking disrupt law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.Also Read - How 18 Travellers Were Trapped by Death in Barabanki Accident
The report first appeared on Hindustan Times, provided by Madhya Pradesh Special Branch or State Intelligence Unit which said that around 17-18 men had been trained by Pakistan’s ISI. The report further added that these fidayeen’s are well-versed in shlokas, and might try to mix at religious places before carrying out strikes. Also Read - Barabanki Mishap: 18 Labourers Sleeping on Road Crushed to Death After Truck Rams Into Bus in UP
The letter issued by Additional Director General of Madhya Pradesh said, “A group of 17-18 ISI trained anti-national elements, well prepared with Hindu rituals, are planning a spectacular incident at prominent religious sites and other sensitive spots in the guise of sadhus”. Also Read - MP Man Kills Self After Dispute Over Samosa Price Hike by Rs 2.50 Reaches Police
The alert has been issued almost a month after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hardline leader Yogi Adityanath took over as a chief minister of the state, and two days after Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in UP busted a suspected terror module and arrested some youths from five other states.
Sulkhan Singh, the newly appointed Uttar Pradesh’s Director of police, was quoted by Hindustan Times where he said that he is not in a position to comment immediately on a specific issue but assured that the state police is capable of neutralising any threat.
The Uttar Pradesh police are not taking the threat lightly and had tightened security in crowded places as well as important pilgrimages such as Varanasi, Mathura and Ayodhya. Apart from this, an additional security has been deployed at Taj Mahal in Agra, the high court in Allahabad and its Lucknow bench, the assembly and secretariat buildings and other important government offices in the state capital.
The report suggests that the MP police had referred to a 2016 incident in which eight suspected members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) had also assumed the guise of Hindus to escape attention. The alleged SIMI members were killed after escaping from a jail in Madhya Pradesh last year.