An Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist who was planning an attack on Ganesh Chaturthi was arrested in Kanpur on Thursday, police said.
The Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday have arrested a Hizb ul Mujahideen terrorist from Kanpur, police officials said.
“The terrorist has been identified as Qamar-uz-Zama (37), a resident of Assam, and is an active member of Hizbul Mujahideen,” Director General of Police OP Singh said.
He was arrested by an ATS team led by ASP Dinesh Yadav and Deputy SP Dinesh Puri.
ATS Inspector General (IG) Aseem Arun said the arrested militant first came into limelight after he posted his picture with an AK-47 in the social media in April this year.
“During questioning, he told us that he had gone for training to Kashmir in April 2017. He is of Indian nationality and is a literate person,” he said.
Intelligence agencies had been working on him for some time now, and based on leads collected over a period of time, he was arrested on Thursday from Shiv Nagar under Choker Police Station in Kanpur.
Officials told IANS that the terrorist had plans to attack public places during the ongoing Ganesh Chaturthi festival.