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


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