Major Terror Strike Averted in Assam, 3 Held with Explosives
GUWAHATI: Delhi Police Special Cell on November 25 arrested three people with improvised explosive devices in Goalpara, Assam.
According to reports, the ISIS module was planning to target the national capital including Assam.
The apprehended has been identified as Ranjeet Islam alias Ranjeet Ali, Mukadir Islam and Luit Zameel Zaman alias Ali.
The accused persons were carrying a complete IED to detonate the same at Raas-Mela, a local fair in Dudhnoi of district Goalpara in Assam. The timely intervention saved many lives as Raasmela has heavy footfall. Team of Inspector Sunil Kumar Rajain was present at the spot for identification of terrorists and they along with police party acted swiftly and apprehended the active terrorists of ISIS inspired module from the spot before they could place the IED at Raasmela.
A case vide FIR No. 709/2019 was registered at PS Goalpara Sadar, Assam under section 120B IPC, 121, 121(A), 122/ 153 (A) IPC, Section 4, 15 Explosives Act, 25 Arms & 16, 18 ULA(P) Act in this regard.
The terrorists were inspired with the Bangladesh module of ISIS and were carrying baton sword and button actuated knife to carry out lone-wolf attacks as well. The swiftness of Police team in identification of terrorists averted an IED blast at Raasmela, Dudhnoi and it also resulted into the apprehension of three terrorists. During interrogations, lots of valuable information was extracted and raids were conducted at two hideouts of this module and lots of IED materials were recovered.
INCIDENT & OPERATION
A group of radical youths was identified by the Delhi Police and was subjected to intelligence exploitation. Group consisted of 3-4 persons inspired by ISIS and self-radicalized was conspiring to execute a terror attack in order to destabilize peace & tranquility. These entities appeared to be inspired by Bangladesh Module of ISIS and were also intending to carry out lone-wolf attacks besides bomb blasts. It was further revealed that this group had already assembled a few IEDs and they were planning to detonate these IEDs in the local ‘Raas-mela’ of Assam state, within a few days. This information was shared with senior officers who further directed to take all necessary and immediate steps to avert this imminent IED blast.
INFORMATION & ARREST
A team led by Insp. Sunil Kumar under the supervision and presence of ACP Lalit Mohan Negi arrived at Assam on 23rd Novemmber. The information was further developed on ground. Thereafter, on 24th November, the information was further developed and was shared with Assam Police. Immediately, on the specific input of Special Cell, a trap was laid near Madhuban Lodge, Assam by a joint team of Special Cell and Assam Police of PS Goalpara. The joint team acted swiftly and apprehended three terrorists inspired by ISIS from the spot before they could detonate the IED at Raas-Mela Dudhnoi.
During initial interrogation of the accused persons, they informed that the recovered IED is complete in all respect and they had planned to connect the battery just before planting the IED at Raas Mela-Dudhnoi, Assam. They further disclosed that they had plans to conduct similar IED blasts in Delhi as well and the intended Assam Blasts were a test run. They had also gathered IED components for Delhi blasts and the explosive material which they revealed had been stored at Ranjit Islam’s and Luit Zameel Zaman’s house at Krishnai.
Apprehending that the dangerous explosive material/components could be moved to somewhere else by their associates at Krishnai , the team moved immediately rushed towards Krishnai to affect further recoveries. About 1 Kg explosives and IED components were thus further recovered.
• A Complete IED; similar to the one used in Ujjain train blast on 10th July’18 by ISIS Terrorists
• Two baton swords; to be used for executing Bangladesh ISIS type of attacks
• Four Mobile phones containing valuable information about ISIS
• About 1 Kg explosive powder
• Complete IED components such as Pipes, Nails, Ball bearings etc.