Uttar Pradesh anti-terror squad has arrested two Pakistani terrorists with a huge cache of weapons in Gorakhpur on Wednesday. It is suspected that the detained duo was recruited by the terror group Indian Mujahideen to launch attacks before or during the coming Lok Sabha polls.
The police said that the two detained terrorists were planning to target an "unarmed gathering of people", which according to police mean any election rally.
It is to be noted that Uttar Pradesh is most politically active state of the country with 80 seats and the arrests have heightened the security fears at a time when reports are surfacing that some terror groups were planning to target senior political leaders of the BJP during the coming polls.
Gorakhpur is around 200 km from Varanasi, the constituency from where Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has announced to contest the polls.
According to police, the two suspects, identified as Murtaza and Owais, had come to Gorakhpur 15 days ago from Nepal. The border of Gorakhpur with Nepal is pretty porous and it has become a safe route for the terrorists to enter India from Nepal, where they reach from Pakistan.
The information about the presence of these two terrorists in Gorakhpur was provided by Indian Mujahideen chief Tehseen Akhtar, who was arrested on Tuesday from a non-descript village in West Bengal. This village is also located close to Nepal border.
Police said that the two detained terrorists are linked to Indian Mujahideen as they recognized a photograph of the group's co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal. The two said that they knew him as "Tauseef." Riyaz is currently hiding in Pakistan.