Two arrested over suspected India attack plot

Two men, arrested from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, were allegedly plotting an attack ahead of elections.

    Security forces are on high alert in view of the upcoming vote [EPA]
    Security forces are on high alert in view of the upcoming vote [EPA]

    Police in India have arrested two men suspected of plotting attacks ahead of the country's upcoming general elections, reports say.

    According to NDTV, the two were arrested with a huge cache of arms from Gorakhpur town in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Identified as Murtaza and Owais, the two were arrested on Wednesday.

    The police said the two were planning to attack a gathering of unarmed people, which possibly meant an election rally, ahead of the polls beginning on April 7. 

    Their arrests came just a day after the police said they had arrested a top member of the banned group Indian Mujahideen. Tehseen Akhtar, arrested from Darjeeling in the country's east, was sought by the police for several attacks, including the bomb attack on an election rally addressed by BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Bihar.

    Elections for the 543-seat parliament will be held in nine phases over the months of April and May, with results scheduled to be declared on May 16.

    Security forces have already been put on high alert in view of the vote.

     

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    When somebody dies lonely and alone, Miyu Kojima steps in to clean their home and organise the mementos of their life.

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    The rise of the Orthodox Church in Russia appears unstoppable, write filmmakers Glen Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna who went to investigate the close ties between the church and Putin.

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    Much of India's media spurns a scoop about the son of PM Modi's right-hand man. Plus, NFL as platform for race politics.