Terror Crackdown: Dozens Arrested Across India


New Delhi: Cracking down on the terror modules in the country security agencies in a countrywide swoop arrested at least 25 suspects. An alert has also been issued in Delhi about a missing taxi, a white Alto, which was hired from Pathankot, where a terror attack earlier this month killed seven people. The taxi’s driver was reportedly found dead on January 20 in Kangra in Himachal Pradesh.

Six men, including a chemical engineering dropout, were detained by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Karnataka for suspected links with the terror group Islamic State (IS). The detentions took place in Bengaluru, Mangaluru and Tumkur districts, on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

In Mumbai, the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad arrested some terror suspects from the outskirts of Mumbai. Four people have also been arrested by the NIA in Hyderabad on similar charges.

The arrests come in the wake of heightened security in the country during the Republic Day week. The police is on alert in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) after the official vehicle of an IG-rank official of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) was stolen a few days ago. The Noida Police has issued an alert asking citizens to share information about the white SUV, a Tata Safari.

The police have also issued an alert after the driver of a white Alto taxi, which was hired by three unknown people in Pathankot, was found dead. The police say that the driver was found dead on January 20 and that the car is missing. Search operations are on and the police have asked people to share information regarding this.