Dehradun: The eight young men, seen in a CCTV footage and suspected to be terrorists, have turned out to be students of a local college, police said after a manhunt for them in Uttarakhand.
Uttarakhand police had yesterday released a CCTV grab of a terror “suspect” seen in the company of seven others who, it said, could be his associates.
“The identity of the youth sighted in the CCTV grab has been verified. They are students of Doon Bible College at Rajpur road. They were returning late on Monday night from St. Thomas’ Church in two groups of four each when their movement was recorded by a CCTV installed in the area,” Dehradun SSP Sadanand Date said.
Faces of some of them were covered, giving rise to suspicion and sending alarm bells ringing.
“It was found that they had covered their faces due to cold,” the SSP said.
Explaining the terror angle initially suspected, Date said in the wake of the arrest of four terror suspects from Haridwar district recently, nothing could be left to chance.
“With the arrest of four terror suspects from Haridwar in the backdrop, we are scrutinising every suspicious movement recorded in CCTV cameras,” he added.