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Terrorism related incidents in Uttar Pradesh since 2001





April 18, 2001

Three Pakistani terrorists of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), were killed in an encounter with the Special Task Force (STF) of the State Police in the Gomtinagar area of Lucknow. Nearly two kg of high quality chemical explosives, two AK rifles, and other arms and ammunition were recovered from the terrorists. They were shot dead while on their way to Faizabad.


April 30, 2001

A Pakistan-trained Harkat-ul-Ansar terrorist was arrested from a Madrassa (seminary) in Hapur. The terrorist was behind the April 27, 1996-explosion in a UP Roadways bus at Roorkie Depot, in which 16 people were killed.


May 1, 2001

An agent of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was arrested by the Military Intelligence with the help of local Police in Saharanpur. Documents related to the Air Force and the Army with technical and structural data was recovered.


August 13, 2001

The STF of Uttar Pradesh Police arrested two LeT terrorists from the Lucknow cantonment, which houses the headquarters of the Army’s Central Command. Police also recovered 12 kg of RDX and a large quantity of arms and ammunition from their possession.


August 14, 2001

An ‘area commander’ of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was killed in an encounter near Ayodhya.


August 17, 2001

The STF of Uttar Pradesh Police arrested a suspected Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) terrorist, who is also a member of the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), in Azamgarh.


October 15, 2001

Three suspected Kashmiri terrorists and two Police personnel were killed while another Police personnel were injured in an encounter in the Kotwali area of Bijnore town. One terrorist was arrested while another managed to escape.


January 3, 2002

Police arrested an Al Badr terrorist in Varanasi. Identified as Azizul, a native of Miyan Wali in the Punjab province of Pakistan, he reportedly confessed during interrogation that he was an active member of Al Badr since the last three years.


January 5, 2002

Two Jordanians and a Palestinian national were arrested after they were found in possession of fake passport and other documents. Police sources said the three are said to have links with the Palestinian terrorist group, the Hamas. One of the arrested accused was reportedly in constant touch with a few embassies in New Delhi and their personal diaries and communiqués have details of the Hamas.


January 8, 2002

A suspected ISI agent is killed in an encounter with the Police near the Muradnagar ordinance factory in Ghaziabad. The Police recovered a .30 calibre Chinese pistol, several live and spent cartridges and some drawings from the incident site.


March 22, 2002

Four suspected LeT terrorists were arrested in Hapur city, 60 km from New Delhi.


March 26, 2002

The STF of Uttar Pradesh Police arrested two Pakistani terrorists of the LeT in Faizabad. An AK rifle, 72 cartridges, three magazines, 1.75 kg of RDX, a detonator, a timer and a battery circuit were recovered from them.


May 10, 2002

In a joint operation by the State Police, Military Intelligence and STF, an ISI agent was arrested in Kanpur, while he was trying to send some classified documents through a courier to Karachi.


May 19, 2002

Uttar Pradesh Police arrested an ISI agent for passing on defence-related information to Pakistan through the Internet, and recovered several classified defence documents from him. Senior Superintendent of Police, R. P. Singh, told reporters that Mohammad Anwar alias Badruddin was arrested from the Babupurwa locality of Kanpur and added that uniforms and fake identity cards of Army and Border Security Force (BSF), badges, stamps, floppies containing pictures of cantonment areas, a mobile phone and a passport were also recovered from his possession.

Delhi Police arrested an alleged ISI agent and his wife, also from the same city, Kanpur, and seized defence-related documents from them. The Police also seized uniforms of BSF officers, badges, a mobile phone and its six cash cards from the arrested persons, Noor Alam and his wife.


June 21, 2002

Security Force (SF) personnel arrested an ISI agent in the Zafalgani locality of Najibabad town, Bijor District. Official sources said the agent was responsible for transporting secret files of classified defence documents and passing on other vital information about security to the ISI in Pakistan. Many secret Army documents pertaining to Indian troop movement from their respective cantonments to the international border, maps of these cantonments and States, apart from detailed description and accounts of armament depots and ordnance factories were also recovered from him.


July 9, 2002

Five terrorists of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen were arrested from Moradabad. A huge quantity of arms and ammunition, including three AK assault rifles, ammunition and RDX, was also recovered from their possession.


July 15, 2002

The Police arrested four ISI agents from Sherpur and Jat Mujhera villages in the Muzaffarnagar District.


July 22, 2002

Two Khalistani terrorists were arrested after an encounter with the Police in Pilibhit District.


August 11, 2002

A State Home Department spokesperson said a suspected ISI agent was arrested from Bulandshahar District.


August 22, 2002

Three ISI agents, including a Pakistani national, were arrested in Aligarh. A Webley Scott pistol, a map of Bareilly sub-area, photographs of important installations, a camera, passports, fake mark sheets and degrees of the Aligarh Muslim University were among the many things recovered from their possession.


September 29, 2002

Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh Police arrested two ISI agents from the Bans Mandi area in Kanpur.


January 27, 2003

Uttar Pradesh Police arrested three activists of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) from Lucknow and Allahabad and recovered some incriminating documents from their possession.


February 3, 2003

The Special Task Force with the help of Rampur Police arrested a suspected ISI agent from Lucknow.


March 9, 2003

STF personnel arrested two terrorists of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Muzaffarnagar. They were identified as Ijaz Hussain Jaan of Baramulla and Meraj Hasan of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir. Police also recovered a sketch of the Parliament, a map of Delhi, a telephone diary and a mobile phone from them.


March 12, 2003

STF personnel killed a top JeM cadre in an encounter at Sector 34 in Noida. An AK-47 rifle, ammunition and explosives were recovered from the incident-site.


March 14, 2003

Uttar Pradesh Police personnel arrested two cadres, Sajjad and Ittfaqul of the Jaish-e-Mohammed at Vijay Chowk, in Muzaffarnagar.


August 31, 2003

Personnel from the special cell of Delhi Police arrested two terrorists of the JeM from Sikandarabad in the Bulandshahar District.


December 31, 2003

SF personnel arrested two suspected ISI agents at Agra and recovered some sensitive defence documents from their possession.


April 18, 2004

Rubi Begum, a married Muslim woman, was arrested by the Uttaranchal Police from Meerut on charges of being an ISI agent.


August 8, 2004

Uttar Pradesh Police arrested a suspected ISI agent along with several incriminating documents from Agra. He was identified as Mohammed Fazil Chaudhary. Police seized several defence related documents, including six maps and eight photographs of prohibited areas, and a camera from him.


March 10, 2005

Police arrest an ISI agent, identified as Khalil Husain Shah at Lalkurti, Meerut.


May 21, 2005

Special Task Force of the Uttar Pradesh Police arrested two Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists, Sadat Rashid and Masood Alam, from Lucknow. Four kilograms of explosive material, one kg morphine and a revolver were recovered from their possession.


July 5, 2005

Six heavily-armed terrorists, who made an attempt to storm the makeshift Ram temple at the disputed Ayodhya complex in Uttar Pradesh, were shot dead by the Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) personnel.


July 11, 2005

Police in Uttar Pradesh arrest six persons, including four of a family, from Faizabad in connection with the July 5-attack on the disputed complex in Ayodhya. The arrested family members were associated with the banned Students Islamic Movement of India, according to official sources.


July 16, 2005

Uttar Pradesh Police arrested two ISI agents, Hanif and Yamin on the basis of a tip off from the Assam Police who had arrested another ISI agent a few days earlier. The latter was residing at Jevar in Gautambuddh Nagar. Intelligence agencies, air force officials and top Police officials were scrutinizing the details, documents and maps recovered from Hanif and Yamin. During the interrogation of the two persons, names of several retired air force personnel reportedly figured. Hanif and Yamin were involved in sending youths to Pakistan for terrorist training, Police added.


July 22, 2005

Dr Irfan Khan, a Unani doctor based in the Sangam Vihar area of Delhi, was arrested from Nakud area of Saharanpur District. Inspector General of the Special Task Force, Arun Kumar Gupta, Stated that one of the terrorists involved in the Ayodhya attack, identified as Amin alias Zuber, had visited Nakud, the native place of Dr Khan on March 20 to attend the wedding of his cousin. Dr Khan and Zuber then visited Deoband. On their way back, the duo had stayed in Muzaffarnagar with one Abdul Rehman, also of Nakud, who worked in Messay Ferguson tractor company.


July 28, 2005

12 persons were killed and 52 others sustained injuries in an explosion in one of the bogies of the Patna-Delhi Shramjeevi Express train near Harpalganj, 60 km from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh. The blast occurred near the toilet of the train's general compartment, two bogies from the engine, at around 5.15 p.m (IST).


August 7, 2005

Uttar Pradesh Police arrested two suspected ISI agents from Lucknow and recovered fake currency notes of 500 denomination with a face value of Rs 68,500 and some documents from the two identified as Mobin Ansari, a native of Nepal, and Ashfaq Ahmed of Gorakhpur.


August 10, 2005

Delhi Police arrested four persons and seized 1840 cartridges and two country-made weapons from them in the Sarai Rohilla area. The arms and ammunitions was brought from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh and was to be delivered to one person in the capital, Police said.


August 23, 2005

Abu Razak Masood, the Lashkar-e-Toiba's chief coordinator in Dubai, was arrested from Zakir Nagar area of South Delhi. Razzak had returned from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh when he was arrested by the Delhi Police.


February 1, 2006

A plot suspected to have been hatched by the Lashkar-e-Toiba to commit acts of sabotage in Kolkata and other parts of India has been foiled with the arrest of Tariq Akhtar of the outfit from Madan Street in Kolkata. Incriminating documents, including Lashkar pamphlets, were seized from him. Following Akhtar’s disclosure, Police arrested a LeT activist Muhammed from Jamshedpur in Jharkhand and seized more Lashkar literature, 16 detonators and a laptop containing details of bomb making from him. Subsequently, the Police arrested another activist, Zubeid, from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Kolkata Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee said "The trio, explosive experts and planning to blow up a crowded place, may be linked to the Delhi blasts or the Bangalore attack. Other members are spread throughout the eastern region."

The Police arrested a youth, identified as Kuer Singh Yadav, suspected to be working for the ISI from Varanasi, and recovered vital documents related to the country’s security on February 1. District Police chief, Navneet Sekera, said that the Police had recovered maps of cantonments and documents on Yadav’s links with anti-India elements in foreign countries.


March 7, 2006

At least 21 civilians were killed and 62 others injured in three serial bomb explosions at a temple and the railway station in Varanasi. The first blast occurred inside the crowded Sankat Mochan temple at around 6.30 p.m. Minutes later, another bomb exploded in the holding area of platform one of the Cantonment railway station. The third blast occurred in a crowded coach of the Shiv Ganga Express just before it was to leave for New Delhi. An official said 10 persons died at the temple and 11 at the railway station. Seven bombs were later defused, including four that had been planted on the Gowdolia-Dasashwamedh Ghat Road near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

Hours after the blasts in Varanasi, a suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist was shot dead in an encounter with the Police in Gosaiganj area on the outskirts of the Lucknow city. Police identified the terrorist as Salar alias Doctor and did not rule out his involvement in the Varanasi blasts. RDX and some detonators were recovered from the slain terrorist. Police said Salar, a Pakistani, was involved in the conspiracy to carry out a suicide attack at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, which was foiled by central security agencies.


March 25, 2006

The Police recovered 250 kilograms of explosive material and 1500 detonators from a jeep at Lalganj area in the Mirzapur District. However, no arrests were made following the seizure.


April 5, 2006

Police arrested HuJi cadre Wali Ullah, a mastermind of the March 7-serial blasts in Varanasi, and five of his accomplices, Mehbook Ali, Syed Shuaib Hussain, Farhan, Mohammad Rizwan Siddique and Mohammad Saad Ali, from different parts of Uttar Pradesh.


September 13, 2006

An alleged ISI agent, Taseem, was arrested by the Anti-Terrorist Force in connection with the September 8-bomb blasts in Malegaon.

Taseem has been staying in India for the past two years and ran a placement agency in the city.


December 28, 2006

Police arrested two alleged ISI agents, Abdul Shakoor and Adeel Anjum alias Adil, and informed that both had entered India after receiving training in Pakistan. The duo, residents of Multan in Pakistan, was arrested from Kaiserbagh in Lucknow.

Sensitive documents relating to the Army, a ration card, a PAN card and a passport made in Lucknow were recovered from their possession.


February 1, 2007

The Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh Police arrested an ISI agent when he was passing certain sensitive information to a person on telephone. The accused Javed Akhtar is reported be a resident of Allahabad and two of his brothers are living in Lahore.

Several sensitive documents, including a map of the Harish Chandra Atomic Research Centre in Allahabad, information about Indian Army bases and infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh, documents connected to India's planned purchase of T-90 tanks from Russia and Indian troop movements and counter-militancy operations in Punjab.


May 22, 2007

Six persons were injured in three serial bomb blasts at Gorakhpur. The bombs exploded at five minutes interval after 7 pm in and around the busy Golghar area of the town. The first blast occurred at Baldev Plaza, followed by the one near the Jalkal (Water Works) building in Golghar. The third bomb went off near Park Hotel. The explosives were kept in tiffin boxes attached to two cycles and a motorcycle.


May 23, 2007

Railway Police personnel, during a routine search at around 2 am, recovered about 10 kilograms of explosives and 20 kilograms of ammonium nitrate from the second class waiting room on platform number 1 of the Faizabad railway station.


May 24, 2007

The Allahabad Police recovered 50 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and 1,000 metre magnetic fuse wire brought in from the neighbouring State of Madhya Pradesh. The explosives were seized in the Shankergarh area from a jeep coming from the neighbouring State, even as the driver of the vehicle, identified as Rajesh Patel, escape from the incident site.


June 21, 2007

Uttar Pradesh Police arrested two Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) terrorists along with seven kilograms of RDX, six detonators, five watches including three improvised watches equipped with timer wire, two batteries and a switch remote. The duo was identified as Mohammed Yaqub, a resident of Tarapur under Badhapur Police station of Bijnore District and Nasir, a resident of Naumi village under Badhapur Police station of Bijnore District. Both were reportedly trained in Pakistan. Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police G. L. Sharma said the duo wanted to carry out blasts at railway stations, bus stands and religious structures in various parts of the country, including Mumbai and Delhi.


June 23, 2007

Uttar Pradesh Police neutralized a Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI) module in Lucknow, with the arrest of two top HUJI militants, identified as Naushad and Babubhai. Babubhai, a native of West Bengal, is an 'area commander' of the HUJI in India and a key person in the terrorist network linked to the Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan's external intelligence agency. Police recovered nine kilograms of RDX, one AK-47 and foreign made pistols from them.


July 27, 2007

The Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh Police recovered two kilograms of RDX and two detonators from an industrial area on the Lucknow-Kanpur road, under Kotwali Police Station in the Unnao District. STF sources said that the recovery was made following information provided by the arrested Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) militant Noor Islam Mandal alias Mama. The HuJI militant, a resident of Bansghat under Bagda Police Station in West Bengal's 24 Paragana District, was arrested on July 13 and had been brought to Lucknow on transit remand.


November 16, 2007

Three suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militants were arrested by the Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh Police in Lucknow on a tip off that some terrorists were passing through the Tehripulia area. Some AK-47 rifles, Chinese pistols, RDX, detonator and hand grenades were recovered from their possession.


December 22, 2007

The Uttar Pradesh Police and central security agencies during a joint operation arrested two militants of the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) from Barabanki railway station. The duo, identified as Khalid Mohammed and Tariq, alleged to be involved in the recent serial blasts in the State, were arrested along with 1.25-kg of RDX and some gelatin sticks.

Khalid, who hails from the Jaunpur area of Uttar Pradesh, received training from HuJI militants in Kashmir, while Tariq is a resident of Azamgarh District of the State.


December 23, 2007

The Special Task Force personnel of the Uttar Pradesh Police shot dead two suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants in an encounter on Dewa Road, 18 kilometers from State capital Lucknow. The duo was traveling in a car and was intercepted near the Central Food Technological Research Centre on Dewa Road. Two AK-47 rifles, a huge quantity of AK-47 cartridges, 10 hand grenades, a fuse, a detonator and a suicide belt were recovered from the car. Brij Lal, the Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order and STF), said that both the unidentified terrorists were part of a Fidayeen (suicide squad) team and had entered the State from Nepal. He further said that the slain terrorists had planned a big terrorist attack in Lucknow. A map with notings in Urdu was also recovered from them.


January 1, 2008

Seven Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and a civilian were killed in a pre-dawn terrorist attack on the para-military CRPF Group Centre at Rampur. Three more CRPF personnel, a civil Police personnel and a home guard were injured in the attack. The Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary J.N. Chamber said that the attack was carried out around 2.45 am (IST) by two suspected fidayeen (suicide squad) dressed as CRPF constables. They breached the outer security, and started firing indiscriminately from AK-47 rifles on the security post, the guard room and the control room. The terrorists subsequently escaped under cover of darkness.


May 26, 2008

Uttar Pradesh Police arrested seven persons in the Etah District for allegedly running a fake arms licence racket that could have helped Naxalites procure guns from Uttar Pradesh. The District Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), S.K. Singh, said that arms had been purchased using the fake licenses made by the arrested persons. Police also sealed a gun dealers’ shop that allegedly sold firearms against fake licences. The SSP said, "We have sealed one arms shop, the Raj Gun House, from where at least 48 firearms were sold against fake licences in the last three years. When we got in touch with the CID of Bihar Police, we learnt that some of the weapons seized from Naxalites there were bought from shops in Etah." "We suspect some of these weapons, purchased using dubious gun licences, have gone to the Naxalites", he added.


August 12, 2008

The Anti-Terrorist Squad of Uttar Pradesh Police arrested an ISI agent identified as Mohammad Masroor alias Manzoor Ansari and a Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen (JuM) terrorist, Fayyaz Ahmed Mir from Bahraich and Ghaziabad. The arrested persons belong to Karachi and Muzaffarabad in Pakistan. Masroor was living in the Charbagh area in Lucknow under an assumed name of Ramesh Chaudhary and was working in a showroom. Documents pertaining to Indian Army, a photograph of Ordnance Factory, Kanpur, a map of Cantonment area, tickets, pocket diary, mobile phone, driving licence and ration card were seized from him. The JuM terrorist, Fayyaz Ahmed, had entered India via Nepal on August 5, 2008 and was in touch with the commander of the outfit, General Abdullah. Interrogations revealed that he had been assigned the job of committing a terrorist act along with some other Pakistani nationals.


August 21, 2008

Two persons were arrested for alleged possession of 1100 detonators and 100 kilograms of commercial explosive Ammonium Nitrate. Police officer L.R. Bhasker said, "Jitendra Kumar alias Babloo and Amresh Patel were arrested from the Ahrohra in Mirzapur District, about 300 km from Lucknow… We cannot rule out the possibility of their involvement with Naxalites."


June 16, 2008

2,400 detonators were seized from two civilians, identified as Ravikant Kumar and Shrawan Kumar belonging to Rohtas District, at Mughalsarai railway station. The detonators were manufactured by AP Explosive Private Limited, Nalgonda in Andhra Pradesh and Haryana Explosive Private Limited. Interrogation revealed that the two persons were carriers who had been given the consignment by an unidentified person at Dehri in Rohtas District.


August 24, 2008

The Rajasthan Police with the assistance of the Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Uttar Pradesh Police arrested Shahbaz Hussain, a resident of the Maulviganj area of Lucknow, for his suspected involvement in the May 13 terrorist attack in Jaipur. A. K. Jain, the Additional Director General of Police (Crime) and chief of the Special Investigation Team in Rajasthan said, "Shahbaz was a key player in planting the bombs in Jaipur as he was instrumental in mobilising resources as well as selecting the team, which executed the blasts." Police sources said that 25-year old Shahbaz, a diploma holder in mass communications and owner of a cyber cafe in Maulviganj, was a key aide of Sajid Mansoori who reportedly masterminded the Jaipur blasts.


September 23, 2008

Simultaneous raids were conducted by a 22-member Delhi Police team in the Kotwali Police station area and Sarjanpur village in Azamgarh to arrest two Indian Mujahideen militants, Shadab Bhai and Asadullah, alleged to have been involved in the September 13 blasts in New Delhi. The raids were conducted on the basis of evidence provided by Saqib, who was arrested at Jamia Nagar in South Delhi on September 21 in connection with the Uttar Pradesh blasts. Additional Director-General (Law and Order and Special Task Force), Brij Lal, told the media that the raids yielded nothing.


September 27, 2008

A Police team carrying out a combing operation near village Ranideeh under Kon Police circle in the Sonebhadra District recovered 10 kilograms of crude bombs and gelatin sticks in a container. A First Information Report (FIR) against unnamed left-wing extremists was registered in this connection.


November 12, 2008

The Mumbai ATS with the help of Uttar Pradesh ATS has arrested one more September 2008 Malegaon blast accused, identified as Dayanand Pandey alias Mahant Amritanand, the chief of Sharda Sarvagya Peeth (monastery) in Jammu, from Rawatpur village under Kalyanpur Police station in Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. He reportedly belongs to Varanasi and was currently residing in Trikutanagar locality of Jammu Tawi in Jammu and Kashmir. He had left for Jammu in 2003 and returned to Kanpur a couple of days back. He has been charged under the specific sections of the Explosives Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.


November 16, 2008

Two girls were injured when a crude bomb exploded in a garbage heap in Aishbagh Idgah, the old city area of capital Lucknow. Two more crude bombs were recovered by the Police from the incident site.


November 29, 2008

At least four live crude bombs, a locally-made pistol and cartridges were recovered from a flour mill in the Kannauj District. "Acting on a tip-off, we raided the flour mill in Khanderevar village of Kannauj on Thursday late night and recovered a sack containing bombs, firearm and cartridges," said Deputy Superintendent of Police, S.P. Mishra. The owner of the flour mill was also arrested.


December 12,2008

One LeT militant, identified as Faheem Ansari, who was arrested in connection with the terrorist attack at the Central Reserve Police Force camp in Rampur in Uttar Pradesh on December 31, 2007, was sent to Mumbai Police custody in a transit remand by a Rampur court.

69 January 3, 2009

Police arrested six persons from an unspecified location in the Mirzapur District following an encounter. About 5200 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 41 bundles of fuse wire, 300 detonators, 157 detonator chargers, and a locally made pistol, a rifle and some cartridges were recovered from their possession.

70 January 10, 2009

A suspected agent of Pakistan's ISI was arrested by the Police from Meerut. He was identified as Amir Ahmed alias Bhura of Nukkud in the Saharanpur District of Uttar Pradesh. Hand-drawn maps of Army units in Dehradun and Meerut, a four-page classified document containing detailed information on anti-tank guided missile, an eight-page document on radio communication brigaded mortar shoot and a four-page document containing restricted information on infantry weapons and a mobile phone were recovered from his possession. The Meerut Police said they had received intelligence that some youth in western Uttar Pradesh had contacts with the ISI. Amir had reportedly passed secret information about Army bases in Dehradun, Ambala, Meerut, Agra and Roorkee, using code words over phone. The Police also said Amir had been to Pakistan five times using a fake passport.

71 January 25, 2009

Two suspected Pakistani terrorists on their way from Ghaziabad to New Delhi were intercepted and shot dead by a combined force of the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Police and the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) during a pre-dawn encounter in Noida's sector 97. A constable of the UP ATS was also injured in the encounter. "ATS was following a terrorist module for one and half months. Yesterday, ATS received information that two suspects with AK-47s have been seen in Lal Kuan, Ghaziabad on their way to Delhi," said Brij Lall, Additional Director General of UP Police. Police recovered two AK-47s, two hand grenades and a bag from the vehicle in which two terrorists were traveling. "Two AK-47 rifles, four magazines, 120 live bullets, five hand grenades, detonators, nine RDX shells, a Maruti 800 car, Pakistani passports, some documents and Rs 18,000 were recovered from the terrorists," Brij Lall added.

72 March 3, 2009

Two persons, including a minor girl, were injured when a grenade exploded at a scrap shop in the Allahabad District.

73 May 27, 2009

The Uttar Pradesh Police arrested a suspected ISI agent at Bithoor in Kanpur District. He was identified as Waqas Ahmed alias Zahid alias Ibrahim alias Rajesh Kumar alias Vikki, from Lahore in Pakistan. He was in possession of a voter identity card in the name of Ibrahim and an EPR (exempted from Police reporting) visa, which is issued to those whose credentials are not in doubt. Incriminating documents and maps relating to the Army, fake driving licences, a pocket diary containing names and phone numbers and a Western Union receipt were also recovered from his possession.

74 July 12, 2009

Three persons were arrested from different parts of Allahabad along with explosives, including detonators and ammonium nitrate.

75 September 21, 2009

Three persons were arrested along with explosives, including 250 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and 400 detonators and 20 meter fuse wire, from Sarsedi village in the Allahabad District.


October 14, 2009

A suspected HuJI militant, identified as Chand Mohammad, was arrested from Bareilly District, about 250 kilometres from Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh. "A pistol, several cartridges and an improvised explosive device have been recovered from Mohammad’s possession," an official of the ATS said.


November 16-17, 2009

Two persons, who reportedly assisted the suspected Pakistani spy Syed Amir Ali in making fake documents, were arrested on November 16 by a team of the Delhi Police from the old city area of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. They were produced on November 17 in a court in Delhi which remanded them to seven-day Police custody.


February 1, 2010

An accused in the September 13, 2008 serial bomb blasts in Delhi was arrested by the ATS of the Uttar Pradesh Police from from Khalispur village in Azamgarh District, a senior officer said. The arrestee identified as Shahzad alias Pappu was a cadre of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) outfit and reportedly carried a cash reward of INR 500000 on his head. Additional Director General of Police (law and order) Brij Lal said that earlier a letter was received from the Delhi Police stating that Pappu was wanted in five cases related to the Delhi serial bomb blasts. He also said that during investigation it was found that Pappu was hiding in Azamgarh District and frequently shifting his locations.


February 2, 2010

The Uttar Pradesh Police arrested Hamiduddin alias Hamiruddin alias Salim, who was wanted in connection with the serial bomb blasts on running trains in different parts of the country in 1993, from Lucknow.  Hamiduddin, who carried a reward of INR 50,000 on his head, was arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) after an encounter on the outskirts of Lucknow, Additional Director-General (Law and Order, STF and ATS) Brij Lal said. A .32 bore pistol, a hand grenade and a fuse were recovered from Hamiduddin, who had been absconding for the past 16 years. Hamiduddin was reportedly among the 15 terrorists who were instrumental in planting bombs aboard the Rajdhani Express, the Flying Queen Express and the A.P. Express in December 1993.


March 5, 2010

The ATS of the Uttar Pradesh Police arrested an IM cadre and accused in the September 13, 2008 Delhi serial bomb blasts identified as Salman alias Chhotu, in Siddhartnagar District in the night of. He carried a reward of INR 100000 on his head announced by the Delhi Police for his involvement in the bomb blast. He was also involved in the serial bomb blasts in Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) on May 22, 2007, bomb blasts in the Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) civil court on November 23, 2007, the May 13, 2008 bomb blasts in Jaipur (Rajasthan), as well as the serial bomb blasts in Ahmadabad (Gujarat) on July 26, 2008.


June 4, 2010

The ATS of the Uttar Pradesh Police (UPP) on arrested one Kanhaiya Lal Gupta in Siddhart Nagar District bordering Nepal after INR 100, 000 of Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) was recovered from his possession, reports Times of India. Initial investigations have revealed that Gupta was actively working for the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and looking after the FICN segment through UP-Nepal border and had pumped in no less than INR10 million in FICN during the last 5 years. Investigators quoting initial revelations said that he has turned out to be the third important link in the FICN racket involving some important criminals like Vinod Jaiswal of Bhairawan Galla Mandi in Nepal and Yunus Ansari of Kathmandu the two topmost identified controllers of FICN racket in Nepal. During interrogation, Gupta revealed that he was a native of Gagaha village in Gorakhpur and was presently residing near Barmail Toll in Bhairhwan locality in Roopandehi District of Nepal. Though initially Gupta claimed that the FICN seized from him was printed and supplied by local gangs, but the ATS after screening the seized notes closely found that the paper used and the quality of ink and printing was nothing less than the factory printed currency being supplied by the ISI. Gupta subsequently confessed to his link with the ISI based in Nepal.

82 August 16, 2010

State STF claimed to have arrested another wanted accused from Naka area of Lucknow in the case of pilferage of ammunition from various Police weapon stores in Uttar Pradesh. The STF team recovered a .32 bore pistol and 50 live cartridges of .9mm from the possession of the arrested accused. The Inspector General (Law & Order), AP Maheshwari said the arrested accused - Akash alias Guddu, a native of Mau District of Uttar Pradesh and at present staying in Sheikhpur District of Bihar - used to supply the ammunition to Naxal [Left Wing Extremist] groups and criminals of Bihar and West Bengal


September 15, 2010

The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) issued an alert to its counterparts in Uttar Pradesh on after investigations revealed that the two LeT operatives had visited some important places in the State prior to their arrest by the ATS. According to sources, Mirza Himayat Baig and Shaikh Lalbaba Mohammed Hussain alias Bilal, arrested by the ATS over their alleged involvement in German Bakery blast case were found in possession of some maps of the twin satellite towns of Noida and Ghaziabad. Officials suspect they had plans to create problems during the Common Wealth Games.


October 10, 2010

A cadre of the KZF, who is also associated with the BKI, was arrested by Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh Police from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The arrestee, identified as Gurjant Singh, was a native of Kurukshetra District in Haryana. An Italian pistol and some documents were seized from him. Gurjant reportedly acted as a link between KZF and BKI.


December 13, 2010

Forensic experts probing the Varanasi blast case suggested the possibility of use of plastic explosives in the terror attack, Although the experts are yet to identify the composition of the explosive, a study of the blast site suggest the possibility of a PETN (pentaerythritol trinitrate combined with nitroglycerin) being used.


December 8, 2010

The Mumbai Police said that it suspected that Bhatkal brothers, Riaz and Iqbal, founders of IM, masterminded the explosion in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on December 7. Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal also said that the blast was planned in Pakistan which sheltered the suspected militants.


December 7, 2010

A powerful bomb blast in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh killed a two-year-old girl and injured 35 others. The explosion took place at around 7pm (IST) at the Shitla Ghat (steps on the sides of the river Ganges) when ‘Ganga Aarti'(an evening religious ritual on the river side) was under way. The Indian Mujahideen (IM) reportedly claimed responsibility for the explosion.


December 21, 2010

A militant belonging to the HM outfit was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years by a fast track court in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh for attempting to set off explosions in the city.

89 July 9, 2011

The Police busted a gang involved in manufacture of fake currency and arrested one person in Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh.

90 July 18, 2011

Uttar Pradesh Police is probing two mysterious calls that asked a meat trader in Meerut and a farmer in Baghpat to plant bombs. Both the calls have been traced to Iran but routed through the US.

91 September 17, 2011

At least 15 persons were injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion at Jai Hospital in Agra.

92 September 18, 2011

Police arrested a suspected agent of Pakistan's ISI, near Kanpur Central Railway station in Uttar Pradesh.

93 September 23, 2011

Uttar Pradesh ATS detained two persons in connection with Agra blast case.

94 September 21, 2011

Government sources claimed that the Investigating agencies are on the verge of solving the Varanasi blast case (December 7, 2010).

95 November 22, 2011

An accused in the Ghatkopar blast (a bomb explosion in a bus at Ghatkopar in Mumbai in Maharashtra on December 2, 2002 which killed two persons and injured over 50 others) was arrested from Morna in Noida in Uttar Pradesh by a team of UP ATS, Tamil Nadu SIT and Noida Police when he was about to leave for Dubai.

96 December 18, 2011

A crude bomb was recovered from a roadside eating joint in Terhi Bagia in Agra on December 17 and was defused today.

97 February 5, 2012

Delhi Police's special team investigating the IM terror cell arrested a key ideologue and founding member of the group, identified as Talha Abdali alias Israr, from Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh.

98 February 10, 2012

Investigating agencies are probing the role of IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh's role in the 2010 blast at the Dasashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi.

99 April 29, 2012

Acting on a tip-off from central intelligence agencies, the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and the Uttar Pradesh Police intercepted and detained 40 persons including 11 males, seven females and 22 children while entering into India from Nepal at the Sonauli border in Maharajganj District in the morning of April 29. None of them were found with any documents that could help in verification of their identity. Uttar Pradesh Police sources, however, said that credentials of nine of the adult males have been verified as natives of Jammu and Kashmir. Investigating agencies suspect that some of them had probably undergone arms training in Pakistan and were now shifting with their families to Kashmir possibly as a part of a major terror design.

100 May 14, 2012

Shakeel, a suspected IM militant, allegedly involved in motivating youth to join the outfit, was arrested by the Delhi Police near Lucknow.

101 June 2, 2012

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has ordered an inquiry into lapses in security of three judges who delivered the verdict on the title suite of the Babri Masjid, Ayodhya, in September 2010.

102 June 5, 2012

Investigations into the 13/7 Mumbai serial blasts has led government agencies to Haryana's Mewat District, known as the birthplace of the Tabhligi Jamaat religious movement.

103 June 11, 2012

With a view to check circulation of FICNs, the UP government directed banks to be especially alert in order to check the menace and ensure security of ATMs installed on the Indo-Nepal border.

104 June 23, 2012

The UP STF arrested a person and recovered INR 1.8 lakh FICN from him in Meerut. The accused, Meherbaan of Saharanpur, was reportedly waiting near the Meerut Medical College to deliver FICN to Ramesh Gujarati, a resident of Ahmedabad (Gujarat), when he was arrested.

105 July 25, 2012

One man arrested with FICN worth INR four Lakhs from Uttar Pradesh. Three of his gang members were arrested on July 16 in Delhi.

106 August 14. 2012

The joint team of special operation group and Sarnath and Cantonment Police arrested two persons in Uttar Pradesh with FICN) worth INR 50,000 in the denomination of INR 500.

107 August 15, 2012

The joint team of special operation group and Sarnath and Cantonment Police arrested two persons in Uttar Pradesh with FICN worth INR 50,000 in the denomination of INR 500.

108 August 21, 2012

A group of 24 persons was arrested as it entered India at Sonauli immigration check-post in Maharajganj District of Uttar Pradesh via Nepal. They had no valid papers. They claimed they were Kashmiris, and that they had come from PoK.

109 August 26, 2012

In the last few years, the states of Maharashtra and Delhi have contributed to 30 per cent of all counterfeit bills detected in circulation. Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal come next on the chart.

110 August 31, 2012

Two persons were arrested by CBI from Moradabad, while attempting to deliver FICN worth INR 849,500 to another person.

111 September 11, 2012

NIA is searching for seven persons belonging to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Uttarakhand who are allegedly involved in a FICN racket run by Pakistan's ISI.

112 October 3, 2012

The CBI neutralised a major racket involving smuggling of FICN and arrested three persons in Lucknow along with INR 8.50 lakh.

113 October 6, 2012

Three persons, identified as Rizwan, Shariq and Ayaaz were arrested from roadways bus station in Dhampur area in Uttar Pradesh, when they were trying to circulate FICN. Police recovered 21 fake notes with a face value of 500 each from their possession.

114 October 7, 2012

One person identified as Jamshed Khan was arrested FICN worth INR 450,000 from Uttar Pradesh.

115 October 14, 2012

STF, Uttar Pradesh Police arrested six persons for possessing FICN with a face value of INR 2.05 million. Six persons were arrested from Surajpur of Gautam Budhha Nagar District. The FICN was in the denominations of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500.

116 November 3, 2012

12 incidents of FICN in 2012-nine by the GRP and three by the CBI has revealed that currency peddlers have now found a safe Bangladesh-Malda (West Bengal)-Uttar Pradesh-Delhi route to smuggle FICN into India. A senior official of Uttar Pradesh GRP said, total FICN to the tune of INR 36, 71,000 had been recovered from 14 couriers in 12 months.

117 December 3, 2012

In order to check infiltration of Pakistan-based terrorists, smuggling of FICN and human trafficking, India has deployed advanced internet protocol cameras at three places along the Indo-Nepal international border in Uttar Pradesh.

118 December 19, 2012

With regard to the cases of serial blasts in the courts of Lucknow, Faizabad and Varanasi (all in Uttar Pradesh) of November 23, 2007, the ATS is saying the blasts were jointly carried out by HuJI and IM.


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Mutthiganj Police Station, Allahabad District

Police arrested five persons with FICN with a face value of over INR 100,000.

2 March 19

Shivkuti, Allahabad District

STF arrested an arms smuggler, Saleem and seized four sophisticated pistols, a bike and mobile phones.

3 March 20

Gorakhpur District

A suspected HM terrorist, identified as Liaqat Ali was arrested. Based on his revelation, Delhi Police carried on raids in a hotel in Jama Masjid area of Chandni Chowk (North Delhi District) and recovered an AK-47 rifle and huge cache of explosives.

4 April 9

Bahraich District

A Pakistani national and ISI agent Mohammad Masroor alias Manzoor Ansari, was awarded life imprisonment by a local court.

5 April 13

Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh

Two people, including a Pakistani national, were given life imprisonment by the Sessions Court for their role in the 1996 Modinagar blast which claimed 16 lives and left 48 injured.

6 April 21

Govindnagar , Kanpur City, Kanpur Nagar District

FICN worth INR 42,410 in several denominations were seized by Police from three persons, including a salesman of a Model wine shop.

7 April 23

Ghaziabad District

Police arrested nine people and seized FICN worth INR 700,000.

8 April 23

Sahibabad, Ghaziabad District

Police seized FICN worth INR 50,000.

9 May 3

Bahraich, Bahraich District

A man, identified as Lateef Siddiqui was awarded 10 years in jail for printing FICN. A penalty of INR 10,000 was also imposed on him.

May 31 Varanasi District

Despite adverse report from District administration, the UP Government decided to withdraw cases against suspected Bangladesh based militant organisation HuJI militant, Shamim.

11 June 7 Bahraich District

SSB handed over custody of three Kashmiri militants to Delhi Police for keeping them in rehabilitation centre.

12 June 17 Mujesar village, Faridabad District

A man, identified as Rohtash was arrested for allegedly possessing explosive materials at his workshop.

13 June 22 Varanasi District

The main accused of serial blasts of March 7, 2006 Waliullah, appeared before a local court in Varanasi for the committal of a case registered against him under sections of the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act.

14 July 6 Kolkata

A suspected IM linkman, identified as Anwar Hussain Mullick was arrested with explosives and FICN from BBD Bag area of Kolkata by the Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police.

15 July 26 Lucknow

ATS arrested a suspect, identified as Ahmed Teli, having connections with the ISI, from Lucknow (Lucknow District).

16 August 12 Uttar Pradesh

The IB sounded an alert that terrorist groups might cross into Uttar Pradesh from Nepal to hit select targets on the eve of Independence Day.

17 August 20 Basti/ Uttar Pradesh

CBI team arrested three persons, identified as Rakesh Mishra, Anjani Kumar Vishvakarma and Pintulal, and recovered FICN worth INR 210,000 and FICN making equipments from Basti (Basti District, Uttar Pradesh).

Non- Violent
18 September 10 Deoband / Saharanpur

Darul Uloom, the internationally renowned Islamic seminary at Deoband town in Saharanpur District of UP, is under threat from terror outfits like the IM.

Non- Violent
19 September 16 Allahabad

Two persons, identified as Deepak Mandal of Malda District (West Bengal) and Pawan Kumar Shukla of Nawabganj (Uttar Pradesh) were arrested with FICN with a face value of INR 2.75 lakh from Govindpur Colony of Allahabad city in Allahabad District.

Non- Violent
20 October 4 UP

UP Police sounded a high alert across the state, with special focus on Varanasi, Faizabad and Mathura, following intelligence advisory to guard religious places against possible terror attacks, according to The Times of India. The advisory is based on the confessions of IM 'India operational chief' Yasin Bhatkal and his aide.

21 October 5 UP

IM 'India operation chief' Yasin Bhatkal and his key associate Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi reportedly claimed that it was their group that carried out five blasts at Varanasi, Jaunpur, Gorakhpur, Lucknow and Faizabadin Uttar Pradesh (UP) between 2005 and 2007 and not the HuJI.

22 November 1

Muzaffarpur / UP

A five-member team of NIA has collected evidence regarding the alleged involvement of Mohammad Aftab in Patna serial blasts following raids at his residence and coaching institute under Ahiyapur and Mithanpura Police Stations areas in Muzaffarpur District.

23 December 5 Allahabad

Police in collaboration with Crime Branch arrested a person, Mushtaq from Naini Colony of Allahabad and recovered FICN worth INR 1,00,000 from him.



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Police neutralized an inter-state gang of racketeers involved in circulating FICNs and arrested three persons near Zero Road bus stand in Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh).

2 January 7 UP

The Delhi Police claimed that those approached by terror group LeT were not victims of the Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) communal riots, confirming that two people have been arrested till now in connection with the case.

3 January 21 UP

According to sources in the Police, JeM, LeT and IM have joined hands to disturb peace in UP.

4 February 24 UP

Two IM operatives, identified as Fakhruddin and Ahmed, who procured explosives for the blasts at Narendra Modi's October 27, 2013 rally in Patna and sheltered its prime accused Haidar Ali, were arrested by the NIA from Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh.

5 February 25 UP

NIA arrested two more suspects, Anil Pandey and Mohammed Raju from Manda near Mirzapur (Mirzapur District) in Uttar Pradesh for providing explosives for the Patna blasts that targeted BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally on October 27, 2013 in Patna (Bihar).

6 February 28 UP

The arrest of four accused in connection with the Patna serial blasts has again pointed towards the region (Uttar Pradesh) as a hub of flourishing illegal trade in explosives.

7 March 2 UP

A man was arrested with FICN near Reghia in Nichloul area of Maharajganj District when he was trying to enter India from Nepal.

8 March 5 Lucknow

Police officials from UP and Nepal held a meeting in Lucknow and discussed issues of smuggling of fake currency and drugs.

9 March 10 UP

IB inputs suggest that the terror strike could happen in either Uttar Pradesh or Bihar during electioneering.

10 March 24 UP

A team of NIA raided the places of three IM modules in Sanjarpur and one of Kotwali area in Azamgarh District of Uttar Pradesh on Mrach 24 to begin the process of their property attachment.

11 March 26 Gorakhpur

Two suspected Pakistani militants, identified as Murtaza and Owais, were arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) from Gorakhpur city of Gorakhpur District.

12 March 27 Agra

The IM planned to hit tourism in India by targeting famous places like the Taj Mahal in Agra (Uttar Pradesh) and Pushkar in Rajasthan.

13 April 3 Varanasi

Police in Varanasi have planned a sector security scheme to replace the standard operating procedures in their 'war' against terror attack.

14 April 8 Lucknow

A man, identified as Deepak Rai was arrested along with FICN with a face value of INR 2,25,000 from Gol market in Mahanagar in Lucknow.

15 April 8 Lucknow

ICICI Bank in Lucknow has alleged that FICN with a face value of more than INR 100 million were deposited in its different branches between 2006 to 2014 in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Police said.

16 May 28 Uttar Pradesh

Three official websites of the UP Government were temporarily hacked with threatening message reportedly by Pakistani hackers. The websites,, and were suspended for about an hour before being restored by the UP tourism department. A group called Pakistan Haxors Crew claimed to be responsible for the attack on the websites.

17 June 10 Uttar Pradesh

A top Delhi Police officer revealed that firearms from eastern Bihar's Munger District are the preferred choice of criminals from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Orissa, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi, Haryana and Bihar.

18 June 11 Uttar Pradesh

Security at religious places in Ayodhya, Varanasi and Mathura will be enhanced following intelligence inputs which suggested that terror outfits may try to attack them.

19 June 14 Varanasi

A Maruti car with more than 140 kg of ammonium nitrate was seized by Uttar Pradesh Police on the national highway in Varanasi.

20 June 29 Pilibhit District,

Four persons were arrested along with FICNs with a face value of INR 8,400, during a raid at Upadhi Degree College in Pilibhit District. However, the FICN supplier managed to flee before the raid. SHO of Sunngarhi Police Station Atul Pradhan said the arrested are all residents of Pilibhit city and have confessed that they used to get the fake currencies for circulation from a person, Mohammad Hasan, who managed to escape the raid. The arrested persons have booked under sections 484B, 489C, 120B and 34 of IPC.

21 July 3 Azamgarh

NIA and UP ATS are concerned over six men from Azamgarh, who are said to have links with IM and feared to be in Pakistan now. The six have been identified as Dr Shah Nawaz, Abu Rashid, Khalid, Mohammad Sajid alias Bada Sajid, Mirza Sadab Beg, Azia Khan alias Zunaid. They are wanted by Police in many states and investigating agencies for their suspected involvement in numerous terror attacks between 2005 and 2008 in different parts of the country.

22 July 5 Allahabad

A judge in an Allahabad Court received a letter from a person, claiming to be a top operative of LeT, who had threatened to kill him if he refused to dismiss a case filed against J&K CM Omar Abdullah. Manzil Saini, SSP, Allahabad said, "We have received a complaint from judicial magistrate Gyanendra Tripathi about a letter in which the sender has called himself the LeT's PoK unit's chief and asked the judge to quash the case against the CM. He even threatened to attack him with bombs if he failed to do so".

23 July 9 Uttar Pradesh

UP witnessed 81.5 percent rise in cyber crime in 2013, according to NCRB 2013 report. NCRB further states that 682 cases, including 372 under the IT Act and 310 under various sections of the IPC were registered with the Police. The state capital, Lucknow reported the highest number of such cases (109) in the state. The UP Police arrested 283 persons under the IT Act. Among them 213 were in 18-30 age group, 65 in 30-45 age group and five persons were above the age of 45. Another 319 persons were booked under various sections of the IPC regarding cyber crime. This included 204 in the age group of 18 to 30 years, 99 in 30-45 age group and 16 were above the age of 45 years.

24 July 29 Azamgarh District

Two persons, identified as Sarfaraz and Baijnath were arrested from Phulpur area of Azamgarh District along with FICN having a face value of INR 47,000. During interrogation, the arrested told Police that they had got the currency notes from someone in Maharajganj District.

25 August 1 Allahabad

Four persons were arrested along with FICN worth INR 55,000 at Leader Road under Shahganj Police Station in Allahabad. The accused used to bring fake currency from Malda in West Bengal and cash in at Mumbai, Allahabad and some other Districts.

26 August 3 Mirzapur District

Two persons were arrested and huge of cache of explosives were seized during a raid in Ahraura area of Mirzapur District of Uttar Pradesh. The explosives included 2,160 gelatin sticks and 3,000 detonators.

27 August 4 Bareilly

Banned outfit SIMI was possibly involved in sending controversial pictures to some Facebook users in Bareilly that led to communal violence in Meera Ki Paith locality a few days ago, cyber wing sleuths have found.

28 August 7 Uttar Pradesh

IM 'arrested India operations chief' Yasin Bhatkal, told Uttar Pradesh Police's ATS that the only time he participated actively in a terror strike was in Varanasi blast of December 7, 2010. The case was being investigated by the ATS but no arrests had been made.

29 August 16 Meerut District

The STF of the Uttar Pradesh Police arrested a suspected agent of Pakistan's ISI, identified as Asif Ali from Subash Bazar area in Meerut District. STF DSP Anil Kumar said that the suspect was arrested on the charge of passing information relating to the Indian Army to ISI. DSP added that a number of important documents including Pass books and debit cards of Indian and Pakistani banks were recovered from him.

30 August 17

Uttar Pradesh

ATS in Bihar's Munger District reportedly arrested three people for allegedly supplying arms to the militant outfit HM in J&K. Two pistols and six mobile phones have also been recovered from them. While two of the three arrested persons hail from Bihar, the third is said to be from Uttar Pradesh.

31 August 23


In the wake of increasing incidents of communal tension in Bareilly, the administration suspects that sleeper modules of ISI and SIMI are becoming active again and has decided to track the neo-rich in the city with no established sources of income to unearth such activities. The administration has also decided to track down Pakistani nationals who came to Bareilly and then went underground.

32 August 28 Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh DGP (Law and Order) Mukul Goyal said UP Police was on the alert following arrests of agents of Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI. Goyal, said Police is taking help of intelligence agencies to nab the other agents on the inputs received from the agents, apprehended recently.

33 September 2 Meerut District

One person, identified as Akhtar Hussain was arrested from Noornagar locality in Brahmpuri area of Meerut District along with FICNs with face value of over INR 24,00,000. During interrogation, Hussain told Police that he had brought the FICNs from Malda District of West Bengal and was going to deliver it in Meerut.

34 September 5 Saharanpur

IM operative identified as Aijaz Sheikh who had sent e-mails claiming responsibility for the Jama Masjid and Varanasi blasts in 2010 was arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

35 September 6 Ballia

A person, identified as Ravindra Singh who was involved in circulation of FICN was arrested in Ballia of UP.

36 September 12 Bijnor

A low-intensity blast occurred in a house in Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh. It occurred a day before bypolls are scheduled to be held in the Assembly constituency - prompting the police and ATS teams to rush to the spot.

37 September 13 Bijnor

A senior Bijnor District Police official said that scanning of CCTV footage, retrieved from cameras installed near the clinic of a local doctor, has revealed five men taking their badly burnt aide to a doctor. These five men resemble the SIMI men who escaped from Tantya Bheel Jail in Khandwa on October 1, 2013.

38 September 15 Bijnor

Investigators probing the July 10, 2014 bomb blast in Pune suspect the role of four absconding members of the banned SIMI in the terror act. The suspects, Aizazuddin alias Aizaz Mohammed Azizuddin, Mehboob alias Guddu Ismail Khan, Aslam Ayub Khan and Amzad Ramzan Khan, were also allegedly involved in an explosion at a rented house in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, on September 12. Another fugitive, Zakir Hussain alias Sadiq Badrul Hussain, was also suspected to be present at the Bijnor house, but his role in the Pune blast is not yet known.

39 September 17 Gorakhpur

Lahore-based BKI terrorist outfit's de facto chief Ratandeep Singh, who had only last year replaced ailing Wadhawa Singh as the BKI head and was sent by ISI was arrested by Punjab Police. He was sent to India as Hussain Sheikh Zahid (son of Sheikh Nasiruddin) and was arrested by the SSOC team of Punjab Police near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. He was sent to 10-day Police remand by an Amritsar court.

40 September 18 Uttar Pradesh

Intelligence agencies have reportedly found that terrorists are active again in the west UP Districts of Rampur, Moradabad, Sambhal and Bijnor. These Districts are considered the hotbed of terrorist activity, and are gaining renown as regions that provide easy asylum, intelligence sources have said.

41 September 21 Bijnor District

Investigations by UP ATS suggest five members of SIMI, who escaped from Khandwa District jail in Madhya Pradesh on October 1, 2013, might be on their way to neighbouring Uttarakhand, 90 km from West UP's Bijnor District. The fugitives, who were holed up at a rented house in Bijnor district of UP, fled after explosives they were assembling, blew up on September 12.

42 September 24 Muzaffarnagar District

IM was planning to carry out terror strikes in Muzaffarnagar town of UP, in retaliation to communal riots that had taken place in the region, Delhi Police sources said. The revelation came out in an email message found in the laptop of Ajaz Sheikh, an IM operative, arrested by Delhi Police on September 6 from outside Saharanpur Railway Station in Western UP.

43 September 24 Uttar Pradesh

The IB has warned that "groups and elements supportive of extremist ideology similar to al-Qaeda" are trying to "increase communal tension" in states like J&K, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala and Delhi. The intelligence report (reference no-3627-60 & 3698- 3731/C&R Cell-C-2/SII), has reiterated that al- Qaeda 'chief' Ayman-al-Zawahari, who launched a new branch for the Indian sub-continent, also intends to target commercial centres, tourist destinations, religious places, aviation sector, railways infrastructure and BJP offices in various states, including West Bengal and Assam. The report has been dispatched to all state police agencies.

44 September 29 Uttar Pradesh

A Rajasthan Court sentenced one accused to death while awarding life term to six others in 1996 Rajasthan bus blast case. Abdul Hameed who was awarded death sentence belongs to Uttar Pradesh along with two other accused.

45 September 29 Uttar Pradesh

Report said that Muzaffarnagar city of Muzaffarnagar District in Uttar Pradesh is in jihadi crosshairs and has become a new reference point for motivating new recruits joining terror modules. An unnamed counter-terror official of UP Police said, "An accidental blast in a room in Muzaffarnagar's neighbouring Bijnor town on September 12 revealed the presence of a suspected six-member module of outlawed SIMI here. One member of the module got injured in the blast. Though, we have reasons to believe that the module was planning a terror strike in Muzaffarnagar. The members of the module are yet to be nabbed." Central counter-terror officials say it was not the first time a terror strike was planned in Muzaffarnagar.

46 September 30 Bijnor

A person, identified as Mohammad Fuqran, who is said to have helped SIMI militants allegedly involved in a blast in Bijnor District of Uttar Pradesh on September 12, 2014, was arrested by Police in Bijnor. Police recovered INR 96,600 in cash from his possession.

47 October 2 Deoband

India's intelligence agencies have begun investigating information that the head of al Qaeda's new unit in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) is a former Uttar Pradesh resident. Maulana Asim Umar, earlier reported to be a Pakistani national, is now believed to have studied at Dar-ul-Uloom seminary in Deoband, before emigrating from India in the late-1990s.

48 October 6 Uttar Pradesh

Sources in the central intelligence agency said that al Qaeda, which recently announced an Indian wing AQIS, to carry out terrorist activities, has launched a module to recruit jihadis. The analysis of chatters between terrorists based in Pakistan reveals that an al Qaeda terrorist has been given the responsibility of Uttar Pradesh and he is said to be operating independently.

49 October 10 Ghaziabad

Top LeT bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda was produced in Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh by the Delhi Police in connection with four bomb blast that took place in the District in 1997 after which the case was shifted to the Sessions court. CJM, Harendra Prashad, transferred the case to District and Sessions court, District Prosecuting Officer SK Singh said. Now he will be produced before the Sessions Court on October 28, Singh said.

50 October 14 Amethi District

Police arrested one Person, identified as Shafiq with FICN of INR 12,000 in Kamrauli Police station area in Amethi District of Uttar. Police said that Shafiq was arrested while trying to use fake notes in market and 22 INR 500 notes and one INR 1000 note were recovered from him.

51 October 27 Moradabad

The NIA expressed its concern that FICNs continue to be pumped across the border from Bangladesh to fund the activities of outfits like the JMB and IM. The high quality FICNs are printed in Pakistan and routed to India through Bangladesh. NIA sources said that "We now suspect that sending in FICN is a form of the much talked about 'Money Jihad'. A clear pattern has emerged regarding the route of the FICN once it reaches Indian soil. A large part of it is sent to places like Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh that have links to terror outfits. The remaining has been tracked to southern states, particularly to locations from where terror modules are known to operate."

52 October 28 Bijnor

The terrorists, who had escaped from the Jatana area of Bijnor in UP after a low-intensity bomb blast on September 12, were also involved in a bank robbery in Telangana. Shaikh Mehboob, Amjad Ramzan alias Dawood, Mohammad Aslam Ayub alias Bilal and Zakir Hussain alias Siddiqui, owing allegiance to a faction of the SIMI, had committed the bank robbery a few months after running away from Khandawa jail in Madhya Pradesh on October 25, 2013. Sources in the UP ATS claimed that they had committed bank robbery in Karimnagar to fund terrorist activities. It is also believed that they also have links to the October 2 Bardhaman blast in West Bengal.

53 October 30 Bijnor

According to reports the five SIMI fugitives wanted for Bijnor blast in Uttar Pradesh (September 12, 2014) operated and followed the methods mentioned in the al Qaeda training manual. The manual was first implemented by al-Qaeda while bombing US embassy in Kenya in 1998. It was produced as evidence in the case's trial by the FBI in 2001. FBI had first recovered it from the laptop of an alleged al Qaeda operative in Manchester in UK. The investigators probing the Bijnor blast case said that the way SIMI operatives functioned shows they followed the manual in toto. It guides on details like location of the hideout, lifestyle to be followed by operatives and keeping sufficient cash ready. Report adds that al Qaeda has already announced its intention to revive Islamist terrorism, which has ebbed in India following a crackdown on IM cadres. Now, SIMI elements are being warmed up to replace them. While IM supports the Iraq-based Islamic State, the SIMI operatives have cozied up to al Qaeda.

54 October 30 Muzaffarnagar District

In a joint operation of Muzaffarnagar Police and ATS, an IM terrorist, Saleem alias Patla, wanted in connection with the 1992 attack at a PAC camp in Meerut, was arrested from from Khatoli town in Muzaffarnagar District of Uttar Pradesh. SSP H N Singh said that "Saleem was wanted in connection with the attack at a PAC camp in Meerut in 1992 and was absconding since then."

55 November 13 Aligarh District

Four persons were arrested by the ATS and Aligarh District Police from new over bridge, Mathura Road under Sasni gate Police Station area of Aligarh and FICN having a face value of INR 195,000 in the denomination of INR 1,000, INR 500 and INR 100 was recovered from their possession. They were arrested for alleged involvement in trade of FICN brought from Bangladesh. Those arrested said that they used to get the FICN from Bangladesh and used to run it in the market through a commission agent, it said, adding that a case has been registered and further investigations are on.

56 November 14 Muzaffarnagar

The judicial custody of arrested IM terrorist Saleem Patla, was extended to November 28, 2014 by Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Sunder Lal. He was arrested in Khatoli in Muzaffarnagar District of Uttar Pradesh after he was booked in the case on October 31. Patla was also involved in an attack on a PAC camp in Meerut in 1992. The Meerut police has also served a warrant against him in connection with the case.

57 November 20 Uttar Pradesh

According to the Intelligence sources, the twin blasts in the Bangalore-Guwahati (Kaziranga) Express at Chennai Central Station on May 1, 2014, in which one person died and injured 14 others, was reportedly carried out by the five fugitive terror suspects from the terror outfit SIMI, who had escaped from the District jail in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh. The breakthrough in the investigation came after the UP ATS tracked the call detail records of the suspects' mobile phones, which they had left behind. The terror suspects are also allegedly behind the September 12 accidental blast in Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh.

58 November 21 Varanasi

Two persons, identified as Sattar Ansari and Danish Ansari were arrested along with FICNs of INR 1,95,000 from near the Roadways bus station in Sigra Police Station area of Varanasi. The accused told the Police that they had boarded a bus from Ranchi (Jharkhand) on November 20 night for distributing the counterfeit notes to their contacts in Varanasi. A case has been registered in this connection, the statement said, adding, important inputs about the gangs involved in the racket and their network have been received in the interrogation.

59 November 28 Meerut

The judicial custody of arrested IM terrorist Saleem Patla was extended to December 11, 2014. Patla is currently lodged in a Meerut jail (Uttar Pradesh) in connection with an attack on PAC camp in Meerut in 1992.

60 December 10 Varanasi

Two persons, identified as Arvind and Manoj were arrested along with FICN having a face value of INR 200,000 in Varanasi. On being interrogated, the accused told the Police that the counterfeit currencies were brought in from Bangladesh to West Bengal's Murshidabad District. The FICN then were to be distributed by them to Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

61 December 13


Two suspected terrorists were arrested in Noida. While one of the terrorists is said to be a Bangladeshi national, another is from Uttar Pradesh. The operation was executed jointly by Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal ATS teams and the IB. However, the West Bengal Police has taken the custody of the two terror suspects. The arrested terrorists were being grilled by intelligence agencies. During interrogation, their laptop has revealed a plot to bomb many cities in India.

62 December 14 Bijnor

The CCTV footage shows that five operatives of SIMI who escaped from a jail in Madhya Pradesh's Khandwa in October 2013, Aizazuddin, Amjad, Aslam Ayub, Zakir Hussain and Mehboob alias Guddu, escaping after the Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh) blast of September, 2014. They were all spotted in the video seeking medical attention after getting injured in an accidental blast while making bombs. According to sources, the Bijnor attack was planned somewhere in the NCR.

63 December 23 Ajronda Chowk / Faridabad

One person was arrested along with FICN with a face value of INR 80,800, at Ajronda Chowk in Faridabad. Police found FICN in the denomination of INR 100 in a bag during checking, a Police spokesperson said.



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January 10


The Crime Branch officials, headed by Crime Branch officer Sushil Tyagi raided Moradabad city in Uttar Pradesh for sleeping terror modules. According to the Crime Branch officials, the terror modules are gathering information and sending it to their seniors in Kashmir. These modules also provide logistic support to the Pakistani residents during their visit to the area, they claimed. The intelligence sources have claimed that the city is considered to be the hotbed of terrorist activity, and is gaining renown as region that provides easy asylum.

2 January 12


A letter, purportedly written by banned terror outfit SIMI, has threatened to blow up a marriage hall on Thana railway road in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. According to a complaint filed by the manager of Agrasen Bhavan, the letter was found on January 1 at the gate and it threatened bombing at gate number 1 and 2, between February 6-10, as it is rented out to 'kafirs' (non-Muslims), sources said. The letter, written in Hindi by someone claiming to belong to SIMI, said the organisation had joined hands with the LeT, and was bracing to launch attacks across India. Police said that prima facie going by the language of the letter, the letter appears to be a hoax, but the Police have nevertheless taken the matter seriously and are investigations are on.

3 January 15


A team of NIA reached Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh to collect information about some absconding members of the banned SIMI. According to reports, NIA team went to the Nizamabad Police station to collect information about Abu Shad and Shah Alam, the natives of Fariha village for some case lodged in 2007. The NIA sources said that despite the ban imposed on SIMI in 2001 it conducted membership campaign in Kerala in 2007. The intelligence agencies had identified 38 such persons of the district out of whom some are absconding. The NIA team wanted to go to the village, but they were advised not to go there, as it may cause tension in the locality.

4 January 23

Charbagh railway station in Lucknow

Police arrested another Dawood Ibrahim's aide outside Charbagh railway station in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh just when he was about to escape from the city. Sources said that the Hyderabad native identified as Mohammad Usman was wanted in a case registered in the city (Lucknow) over 15 years back. On the basis of a tip off from Tariq Parvin, the other 'D-gang' member recently arrested from Mumbai, the latest crackdown was made by the Police.

5 February 16

Mirzapur Railway Station in Mirzapur District

One person, identified as Nizam Ansari was arrested by the ATS for allegedly carrying FICN worth INR 5,00,000 at Mirzapur Railway Station in Mirzapur District of Uttar Pradesh. When arrested, Ansari was travelling in a train on way to Jammu Tawi (J&K), according to ATS. He is a resident of Ranchi (Jharkhand), was found carrying a ticket to Ludhiana (Punjab), indicating that he was taking fake notes to the region, police said. Earlier, Ansari's son was also arrested along with FICN in November 11, 2014 and is presently in jail.

6 February 23

Sunali area /Maharajganj District

Uttar Pradesh Police's ATS arrested a Nepal citizen, identified as Sheikh Javed Iqbal alias Ashfaq Ansari along with FICN worth INR 2.5 million in Sunali area on Indo-Nepal border in Maharajganj District. The ATS is verifying his links with the Pakistan's ISI. Police said Ansari used to get FICN through network set up by ISI in Nepal and supplied the same to India. ATS officials said that he is the kingpin of the racket supplying fake currency in various states of the country. "The arrested accused is being interrogated and he has provided vital information," a Police spokesman said.

7 February 25

Budaun District

An ATS team found that terrorists accused of the Bijnor bomb blast on September 12, 2014 purchased 3 SIM cards from mobile dealers in Badaun in Budaun District of Uttar Pradesh before and after the blast, sources in Badaun Police said. Saumitra Yadav, SP, Badaun said investigations had revealed that five accused, earlier identified as Amjad, Aslam, Ejazuddin, Mehboob, Aslam and Zakir Hussain, were regular visitors to the district and may have taken shelter with sympathizers in the district after the blast, which took place in a house being used as a bomb-making unit in Bijnor's Jatan locality. However, it is yet to be established if the accused actually stayed in Baduan or not, Yadav added. The information came to light after ATS sleuths, who have been camping in Badaun for the last three days, combed villages in Bisauli tehsil, including Dabtori, Sangrampur, Papgaon and Laxmipur villages to gather clues about the accused. Sources in Badaun Police said investigators were probing if the accused had any associates camping in Baduan on the day of the blast. The ATS team was probing if an accused, believed to be injured in the blast, was also in Badaun after the blast.

8 March 1


Azamgarh Police arrested one person, identified as Shafiq Ahmed, along with FICN consignment of INR 1,65,000, from an undisclosed location. Further, International gangs involved in pumping FICN in India through Bangladesh and Nepal borders have increased their activities in the past five months and security agencies say terror angle could not be ruled out. ATS ASP Santosh Singh admitted that between October, 2014 and February, 2015 only, his field unit had handled more than five cases in which FICN of INR 16,50,000 value had been seized.

9 March 3

Charbagh bus station in Lucknow

One person, identified as Ali Ahmad alias Dr Sameer was arrested near Charbagh bus station in Lucknow by the STF of Uttar Pradesh Police along with FICN. Earlier, also in April 2010 Ali had been arrested with FICN along with two accomplices. He, however, had managed to escape in 2011 while being taken to court.During interrogation, the accused confessed that he had been running FICN racket for last 10 years. The accused revealed that they used to procure FICN from Kathmandu and Veerganj in Nepal. His racket was spread in different Districts of West Bengal, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Gujarat.

10 March 10

Peepal Gaon in Dhoomanganj in Allahabad

Allahabad Police claimed to have busted a major cyber crime racket with the arrest of two brothers, identified as Anshuman Singh and Ajatshatru Singh and recovered valuables worth lakhs of rupees and documents relating to fraudulent online transactions. The accused were arrested from Peepal Gaon in Dhoomanganj Police station area in Allahabad and recovered gold coins weighing 34 gram, a gold necklace, laptop, motorcycle, two mobile phones and several documents related to online transactions, SSP Allahabad Deepak Kumar said. The duo, both in their early 20s and natives of Ghazipur District, were nabbed by a special team set up to look into fraudulent online transactions, he said. They allegedly used to stealthily obtain debit card numbers and passwords of gullible users and make purchases, worth lakhs of rupees, with the help of fake accounts on e-commerce sites, he added.

11 March 11

Uttar Pradesh

The intelligence and security agencies have intensified vigilance in the banks located along the Indo-Nepal border after a huge cache of FICN was recovered from two persons, who were trying to deposit the amount in Indian banks. Following the Centre's guidelines, the Uttar Pradesh government has formed a state committee under the director general of police and district committees under the district magistrates to curb the menace.

12 March 30

Bulandshahr / Uttar Pradesh

A person, identified as Rashid was arrested along with FICN with face value of INR 23,000 in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh. He has confessed that he brought FICN from Sambhal District and was involved in the trade for the past 2 years, Tiwari said. A case in this connection has been registered against him, and a manhunt has been launched to trace his accomplice Anwar, who hails from Sambhal.

13 April 22

Uttar Pradesh

Government has decided that NIA will probe the blast at a VHP rally in Roorkee (Uttarakhand) on December 6, 2014 and explosion at a house in Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh) on December 14, 2014 as SIMI operatives were suspected to be involved in both the incidents. The UMHA received the requests of the governments of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh to hand over the two cases to NIA and a formal order is being issued in this regard, official sources said.

14 April 28

Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh Police (UPP) and the SSB have sounded special alert along the UP-Nepal border to check infiltration of anti-nationals in the garb of earthquake victims from the Himalayan kingdom. Apart from exchange of intelligence across the UP Nepal border, the UP police were helping out their Nepal counterparts with relief material as well. The STF and the ATS of the UPP have also launched a special drive involving enhanced electronic surveillance across the UP-Nepal border. "

15 April 29

Balrampur District

A person identified as Dharmendra Gupta, was arrested along with FICN by SSB at Indo-Nepal border in Balrampur District of UP.

16 May 5


NIA officials reached Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh to probe the blast that occurred on September 12, 2014 at a bomb-making facility. The blast occurred by accident, exposing the unit to authorities. The men behind it are suspected to be six SIMI terrorists who had escaped from Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh in 2013. All six have still not been traced.

17 May 7


A LeT operative Irfan Ahmed alias Papu, who had sneaked into Uttar Pradesh from Nepal in disguise of an earthquake victim, was arrested by intelligence agencies and a team from Special Cell of the Delhi Police from Bahraich. Irfan is also alleged to be the head of IM Nepal branch, according to reports. DGP UP A K Jain said Irfan was wanted in connection with the Rajdhani Express blast in Kanpur in 1993. "He was released on parole in 2004 after which he initially fled to Kolkata and then took refuge in Bhairwa area near Kathmandu in Nepal...He was arrested in Nepal on a tip-off of the Indian intelligence agencies and was lodged at Palpa jail. But the prison building collapsed in the recent earthquake after which he fled Nepal," Jain said.

18 May 24


The court of the additional sessions judge in Rampur in Uttar Pradesh recently acquitted Mumtaz Mian, who was booked under the POTA for hatching a conspiracy to wage war against the nation. The case dates back to August 14, 2002 when the STF arrested three youths from near the Raza Degree College (Rampur, Uttar Pradesh) on suspicion of terrorist activities. The youths during interrogation had alleged that their accomplice Mumtaz Mian had been providing information to Pakistan's ISI from Rampur. Mumtaz Mian was also arrested on August 17, 2002 from his house.

19 June 2


Uttar Pradesh Police arrested a person identified as Mahboob Ali alias Sheru Alam from Gorakhpur along with FICN with a face-value of INR 5,00,000. The person arrested is also having links with Pakistan's ISI.

20 June 22

Bulandshahar District

Two persons were arrested along with FICN with face value of INR 300,000 in Khurja town of Buladshahar District. Acting on a tip-off, Police arrested Usman, a resident of Khurja, and his accomplice Yaseen (32), a resident of Malda District of West Bengal. The notes used to be smuggled in from Pakistan and the gang allegedly used FICN for purchasing livestock in various cattle fairs and last month, the gang had used fake notes worth INR 2,00,000 in the cattle fair in Khurja.

21 July 7 Azamgarh District

Azamgarh (District) in Uttar Pradesh is on the radar of the Central intelligence agencies once again. The trigger is the news of Mohammad Sajid alias 'Bada Sajid', who was on the 'most wanted' list of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), being killed in Syria while fighting for the Islamic State (IS) there.

After the latest development, the intelligence agencies are learnt to have quickened their search for seven other suspected hardcore terrorists on NIA's 'most wanted', all hailing from Azamgarh, four of whom carry a reward of INR 10,00,000.

"We are definitely in touch with Central agencies to find out more about Sajid's death in Syria," says ATS IG Ram Kumar. Efforts are on to find who all he was in touch with, he adds. However, he says the ATS is looking at the entire state to ascertain these contacts and not only Azamgarh. Sources say surveillance on a large number of telephones and mobiles of Azamgarh has already been started and efforts are on to find out who all have been in contact with people in Syria and Iraq since the IS started its campaign to usurp power.

Sajid had masterminded the serial blasts in Delhi, Jaipur and Ahmedabad in 2008. NIA had declared a reward of INR 10,00,000 for information on Sajid's whereabouts. His younger brother Chhota Sajid had been killed along with another youth in a police encounter in the well-known Batla House encounter in Delhi on September 19, 2008. Two suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives, Mohammad Saif and Zeeshan were arrested while a fourth accused Ariz Khan had escaped. All these, suspected to be IM operatives, were from Azamgarh. For a long time after the Batla encounter, Azamgarh had virtually become a political battlefield.

22 July 10 Kydganj District

STF arrested two persons, identified as Mohammad Hamidur Sheikh and Ajeet Rai along with FICN worth INR 5,00,000 at Bairhana railway crossing under Kydganj Police Station. According to Police, Ajeet Rai hailed from Azamgarh (Bihar) while Sheikh belonged to Malda in West Bengal. Police sources revealed, "They used to bring fake currency from neighbouring country via Malda, West Bengal and circulate in at Mumbai, Allahabad and nearby Districts. They used to rent a room in a city to circulate the fake currency." A FIR under 223/15, 489B/489C of IPC has been registered against the two accused.

23 July 23 Mahrajganj District

SSB and intelligence agencies will screen Nepalese people crossing the India-Nepal border area in Mahrajganj District of Uttar Pradesh. Besides, religious places located along the border will be scanned to ensure that they are not used by Pakistani intelligence agencies, like the ISI, for ulterior motives, a senior SSB official said. "Terrorist organizations after training the youths may send them across the border through Nepal in a bid to create discord in our country," Assistant Commandant, SSB Mithul Kumar said. "A strict vigil has to be maintained and the youths should be allowed into the country only after thorough checking," he added.

24 August 13

Semri Gate / Allahabad District

Two members of a gang allegedly involved in FICN trade were arrested by the STF from Uttar Pradesh's Allahabad District. Ravi Kumar Saroj and Vijay Kumar Patel were arrested by the STF of Uttar Pradesh Police from Semri Gate. FICN worth INR 50,000 were recovered from their possession. During interrogation, the arrested duo revealed that they used to get INR 1,00,000 FICN in exchange of INR 35,000 to INR 40,000 of real currency from one person, Bachcha Chaurasiya in Malda District in West Bengal.

25 August 18

Bijnor District

`Gujarat ATS arrested Ishtiyak Ahmed Ansari, an accused involved in the Gosabara (Gujarat) RDX and arms landing case, in which 1993 Mumbai serial blasts accused Dawood Ibrahim is named as one of the key conspirators, from Kiratpur in Bijnor District of UP. As per the case details, Ansari was part of a conspiracy in which Dawood Ibrahim allegedly sent a huge cache of RDX explosive and other arms, including AK-47 rifles, from Karachi in Pakistan through the sea route to Gujarat in 1993, the release said.

26 September 4

Sector-67 crossing / Gautam Budhha Nagar District

ATS of Uttar Pradesh Police arrested three persons, identified as Jahid Alam, Mohammad Intesham and Inzamulhaq along with FICN worth INR 11,70,000 from Sector-67 crossing in Gautam Budhha Nagar District. During interrogation the accused told ATS that the notes used to come from Pakistan and landed in West Bengal from where they used to bring these.

27 September 16 Agra

Following the indications by intelligence agencies that the Islamic State (IS) could have joined hands with banned organization SIMI and other terror outfits in India to recruit jihadist fighters, the local intelligence agencies in Agra have increased surveillance in areas like the Muslim populated areas of the locality, including Taj Ganj where the world famous Taj Mahal is situated. A local Police official said that SIMI activities have been under the radar for now but they have still been detected in all districts of Agra division including Mathura. In Aligarh, as well as the rest of West UP including Meerut, Saharanpur, Muzaffar Nagar, Shamli, Bijnaur, Rampur and Azamgarh, there are clear indications that SIMI is still active, but moving in the shadows, waiting to come out at the right time.

28 September 17 Ghaziabad

Police arrested a person, identified as Layak Husain Ansari along with FICN with a face value of INR 903,000 near Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad District. During interrogation, Layak, a resident of Samaypur Baadli in Delhi confessed of dealing with FICN for many years now.

29 October 9 Azamgarh

A 28-year-old youth from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, who went to Syria about six months back to join the Islamic State (IS), recently called his family from Raqqa (Syria) and asked his parents to help him come back home. The IS recruit is said to be scared of dying in air strikes and has been frantically calling his family members to facilitate his return to India. "He is also frustrated with the activities of IS and desperately wants to come back," said an intelligence officer. The youth was recruited by IS and sent to Syria about six months back via Turkey by a Dubai-based operative of the militant outfit.

30 October 12


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved the release of Khalistani militant Waryam Singh, who is lodged in a Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh, UP) jail since 1990. Sources said that Rajnath Singh signed the file for Waryam Singh's release on "humanitarian grounds" as the convict is very old now and his family is living in poverty. UP Government had given a report to UMHA favouring the Singh's release on the grounds that his conduct has been very good for the past 24 years and he has never availed the parole. Waryam Singh, who hails from UP's Shahjahanpur District, was convicted by a court in Pilibhit for criminal conspiracy and TADA sections. He was arrested by UP police in 1990.

31 October 14


An intercept shared by IB and other intelligence agencies with Uttar Pradesh Police says that terror groups are trying to activate sleeper cells in various cities to launch bomb attacks in the wake of the recent Dadri lynching and Mainpuri-like instances of violence. In the intercept, two men are found exchanging details about sleeper cells in Uttar Pradesh and are continuously referring to a man based in Allahabad who is known to provide assistance to people associated with terror groups.

During the conversation, one man assures the other that "a few women cops honey-trapped by the outfits' men will also provide assistance" in their mission. Several communally-sensitive locations across the state, including Kashi Vishwanath temple and Ramlala temple in Ayodhya, feature as targets in the intercept.

32 October 16


The NIA has decided to set free two persons accused of attending a terror training camp in Kerala for launching a series of attacks across India. NIA sought the sanction of UMHA for dropping charges against Abu Saad and Shah Alam, residents of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. They were accused of attending the training camp organised by leaders of the banned SIMI at Wagamon in Kerala in 2007. The two were named by multiple investigating agencies for being part of various terror attacks in the country from 2008 to 2011. The investigation by the NIA, however, could not find any evidence against the two. The NIA also stated that they found that the two persons had not attended the camp.

33 October 29 Lucknow

A Lucknow court acquitted six suspected HuJI terrorists for want of evidence 'beyond reasonable doubt'. The acquittal comes eight years after they were arrested from different parts of UP in June 2007. The UP STF had claimed to have recovered one AK-47, several grenades and RDX from them. The six were charged with waging war against India and sedition. But the court acquitted all the six saying that the prosecution failed to substantiate its claims "beyond reasonable doubt."

34 November 27 Meerut

Uttar Pradesh STF arrested a man, identified as Mohammad Ejaz alias Mohammad Kalam suspected to be an agent of Pakistan's ISI. IG Sujit Pandey of UP STF said the man had already relayed classified information about military establishments and the movement of Army units to his Pakistan handlers. Besides classified Army documents, sleuths in Meerut recovered a fake Aadhar card with a Bareilly address, a fake voter ID card made in West Bengal, a Delhi Metro traveler card and Nepali and Saudi currency from him. His laptop, pen drive and ATM card have been seized. A NADRA card (Pakistani national identity card) was also found, IG Pandey said.

35 November 29 Meerut

Suspected ISI agent, identified as Mohammad Aijaz arrested from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh on November 28, has told STF that ISI works very much like Islamic State (IS). Aijaz who stayed in Bareilly in disguise told interrogators that he was sent to Bangladesh where his handlers kept his passport and sent him illegally into India through a river. According to reports, IS recruiters burn passports of new joinees before assigning them missions. According to STF officials, Aijaz said the ISI 'handlers' had also promised to get his sister married and help his family financially but reneged on their promise and never fulfilled their commitment in the last three years.

36 December 2 Meerut

The pan-India espionage racket, busted with the arrest of an alleged ISI agent Mohammad Ejaz from Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) last week, appears to be getting bigger. On his first day of Police remand on December 2, Ejaz had revealed details which may directly connect him to the BSF personnel Abdul Rasheed and his ISI handler Kafaitullah Khan arrested by the Delhi Police on November 29 for their links with ISI. "We have traced some financial transactions related to Ejaz's bank account to Srinagar. The two arrested by the Delhi Police have a strong Srinagar background. We have questioned Ejaz on these aspects and have reasons to believe that there can be a direct link between the UP and Delhi modules," said Sujit Pandey, IG STF.

37 December 4 NS

STF agents interrogating arrested ISI agent Mohammad Aijaz have found crucial evidence which points towards the fact that language trainers also occupy an important position in the Pakistan spy establishment. According to Aijaz, a team of Hindi language trainers, presumably recruited from among Indians, have been drilling ISI recruits on the language and dialect of the region where they would be required to operate. Aijaz was trained to develop fluency in Hindi and get out of his native Punjabi accent (he is from Pakistan's Punjab region) and thereafter taught to speak Hindi in the dialect of western Uttar Pradesh.

A senior STF official said Aijaz told them that at the time of his recruitment, his ISI handlers were a bit worried about the fact that his Punjabi accent might raise doubts about his credentials if he is sent to western Uttar Pradesh without improving his verbal skills. Their worries stemmed from the fact that the native of Taramandi locality in Islamabad District of Pakistan was only well-versed in the local dialect, a combination of Urdu and Punjabi.

38 December 7

Ajgain / Unnao District

Gujarat Police arrested one person, identified as Mohammed Raees Mohammed Suleiman Syed from Ajgain of Unnao District in Uttar Pradesh. Raees is believed to be the kingpin of a FICN racket spread across India."Our team has left Ajgain and will reach Ahmedabad on Tuesday morning," said a senior Crime Branch official.

39 December 8

Phoolbagh ground / Kanpur Dehat District

The NIA in co-ordination with Police arrested a member of FICN racket, identified as Subodh Singh Parihar along with FICN worth of INR 2,97,500 from near a Library at Phoolbagh ground in Kanpur Dehat District. . "During interrogation, Subodh told us he has been coming to City for the last few years to deliver fake currency. He said that he used to procure fake currency from Malda district of West Bengal. Earlier, also, about couple of months ago, he had circulated FICN amouting to Rs 50,000 in Kanpur," said SSP Shalabh Mathur.

40 December 9

Avas Vikas Colony area / Bareilly

Police arrested two persons and unearthed a FICN racket in Avas Vikas Colony area of Bareilly. Police also recovered desktop, scanner and printer from the house of the accused and recovered FICN of INR 100 denomination to the tune of around INR 6,500. The matter came to light after cops at Subhash Nagar Police Station received a tip off from a woman vegetable seller that some youngsters were allegedly presenting fake currency notes after purchasing vegetables in return.

41 December 17

Deepa Sarai area / Sambhal District

In the third such arrest this week, Delhi Police Special Cell arrested another suspect, identified as Zafar Masood alias Guddu from Deepa Sarai area of Sambhal District in Uttar Pradesh for alleged links with the al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). The accused, identified as Zafar Masood is alleged to have provided funds to Mohammad Asif, another Sambhal resident who was arrested earlier this week, and two others for going to Pakistan for training.

42 December 29

Uttar Pradesh

As per an alert note shared to Uttar Pradesh Police by intelligence agency, a Bangladesh-based group is planning to target Kamlesh Tiwari of the Hindu Mahasabha who allegedly made blasphemous remarks about Prophet Mohammad earlier this month. The group also plans to target the associates of Tiwari and individuals who have supported his statement, said officials. The note reveals the terror group is trying to disrupt the peace and tranquility in the region by planning to attack Tiwari. "Since the alleged blasphemous remarks by Tiwari, we had been on alert and have deployed extra force, who are keeping tab on movements of suspicious persons," said a senior Police official.



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1 January 23


NIA arrested one suspect, Mohammad Aleem (20) resident of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

2 February 2

Lucknow airport

Uttar Pradesh ATS and Telangana Police arrested Saudi Arabia based LeT 'commander' Abdul Aziz from Lucknow airport. Aziz was detained in a jail last night and was deported. Telangana Police is interrogating the terrorist. Aziz had been serving jail term in Saudi Arabia and was deported to India on February 2, following which after ATS and Telangana Police took him into their custody. Telangana Police will apply for his transit remand in court.

3 February 2


Azhar Iqbal, a suspected member of the India wing of the Islamic State (IS), studied at the famous Islamic seminary Darul Uloom, Deoband, for seven years before being suspended for indiscipline in December, 2015. Iqbal, 23, was arrested from Bhopal on February 1 by the NIA.

"Iqbal allegedly was in the higher category of members of the group - Junoon al Khilafa-e-Hind - as he was tasked with finding new recruits. It is learnt that he was in touch with Yusuf al-Hindi alias Shafi Armar, who originally was an Indian Mujahideen member but later shifted to the IS-held areas in Syria and Iraq," said UMHA official. "Iqbal knew at least two of the four suspects arrested by the Delhi police from Uttarakhand a few weeks back. He studied in the Deoband seminary", Ashraf Usmani, spokesperson of Darul Uloom, Deoband, said Iqbal hadn't displayed signs of extremist views while at the seminary.

4 February 5

Hardoi / Hardoi District

The NIA arrested one person, identified as Abdus Sami Qasmi, a resident of Seelampur in Delhi, from Hardoi in Hardoi District of Uttar Pradesh (UP), for allegedly instigating and motivating youth across the country to form a terror outfit inspired by Islamic State (IS) for carrying out jihadi attacks across the country. The arrest was made with the active support of UP's ATS and has taken the number of total arrests made by NIA in the case relating to the pan-Indian, IS-inspired module, to 20.

Abdus Sami, who hails from Rampur District in UP, was wanted for his involvement in the conspiracy to form an IS-inspired terror wing to launch jihadi attacks in the country. He has been delivering provocative and inflammatory speeches in the support of 'Caliphate'. He is also accused of launching a few websites where in his speeches have been uploaded.

5 February 7


Muslim cleric Abdus Sami Qasmi, a Delhi resident arrested on February 5 from Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh (UP) was beneath watch for nearly an year, and is seen as an necessary hyperlink in Islamic State's (IS) presence in India as he was allegedly instigating youth to plan jihadi assaults within the nation. It might point out that IS propaganda has moved past on-line radicalisation, with clerics like Sami preaching the outfit's violent strategies, making it harder for businesses to trace rising terror footprints on the bottom.

6 February 15

Sambhal District / Uttar Pradesh

The network that actively worked on expanding the al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) was not simply limited to the Deepa Sarai neighbourhood of Sambhal District in Uttar Pradesh from where six men allegedly came together to form the outfit. Its reach was far and wide, according to alleged revelations by Mohammad Abdul Rehman Ali Khan. He is now in judicial custody. Khan came under surveillance after a phone call to him by Deepa Sarai resident and alleged AQIS-India 'chief' Mohammad Asif was intercepted by Indian agencies in August-September 2015. Official records quote him as saying that Asif met him in Bengaluru and told him about the new outfit.

6 March 13

Uttar Pradesh

Bomb making literature of al Qaeda is emerging as favourite guidebook for SIMI and IM operatives in India. Ongoing interrogation of the four suspected SIMI operatives arrested on February 17, 2016 from Rourkela city area in Sundergarh District of Odisha revealed that they and other lone wolf attackers had learnt from al-Qaeda literature how to make bombs and trigger blasts in the country. The four SIMI men who had escaped from Tantya Bheel Jail in Khandwa District of Madhya Pradesh on October 1, 2013 have revealed during questioning by intelligence agencies and MP ATS, that they had learnt how to make low intensity pressure bombs out of al-Qaeda's bomb making literature.

It was revealed that the pipe borne explosives were subsequently triggered with the help of timer device in May 2014 in the Bengaluru-Guwahati Express train at Chennai railway station. Similar explosive was used to trigger blast in the Faraskhana Police Station premises at Pune in July 2014, central intelligence and MP ATS sources stated on March 14.

A similar explosive blasted while being prepared by the SIMI men at their hideout in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor, resulting in severe burn injuries to one of them, Sheikh Mehboob alias Guddu in September 2014. The four SIMI operatives, including Sheikh Mehboob alias Guddu, Zaqir, Amjad and Mohammad Saliq, who were arrested from their hideout in Odisha's Rourkela District on February 17 are presently being grilled by MP ATS and central intelligence agencies.

7 May 3


The Intelligence Bureau and the special cell of the Delhi Police have busted a JeM terror module active in the national capital Delhi. The Police have detained 12 suspects from Delhi, NCR region and Deoband in Uttar Pradesh. Sources said eight of the 12 suspects were nabbed from Delhi, while four of them were picked up from Deoband. Bomb-making material and IEDs were recovered from the suspects who are being interrogated at special cell's headquarters at Lodhi Colony. The identity and nationality of the suspects have not been disclosed

8 May 22

Uttar Pradesh

Concerned over purported Islamic State (IS) video threatening to unleash terror in the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Police launched a massive exercise to counter any terror activities in the state. Police have put its social media monitoring labs on alert and sensitised its intelligence network particularly in communally sensitive districts in the wake of the IS propaganda. The 22-minute documentary, mostly in Arabic shows jihadists, supposedly from India, who have joined ISIS ranks threatening to "return" to "avenge killing of Muslims in India". Taking note of the video UHM Rajnath Singh had said the Centre was taking all steps to tackle the issue. The cause of concern for the UP Police stems from recent arrest of at least two UP youths who were in touch with the IS through its social media network. While Shakir was arrested by Delhi Police on May 4 from Deoband in Saharanapur for his alleged links with banned terror outfit JeM, Rizwan was picked up by the Mumbai Police from Kushinagar District in Uttar Pradesh on January 23.

"Their arrests have proved that ISIS and its subsidiaries are trying desperately for a foothold on India in general and UP in particular. This is a cause of serious concern, particularly when one finds young blood turning to world's top terror outfits," said a senior IPS officer. "The intelligence agencies are verifying if the video and its content are authentic but we have put our intelligence on alert," said DGP UP Javeed Ahmed. "We have put our social media labs on alert as well and will leave nothing to chance," he said. "Youth in our state see through the nefarious designs of such terror outfits and not fall for such false propaganda in the name of religion," he said.

9 May 23

Uttar Pradesh

Two IM operatives, Abu Rashid Ahmad and Mohammad 'Bada' Sajid from Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh (UP), were identified amongst those featured in a documentary released by Islamic State (IS) regarding lives of South Asian jihadists. The video, aimed at recruiting more foreign militants, had also touted Thane engineering student Aman Tandel as the 'deputy governor' of Indian territories, and claims that it would avenge every anti-Muslim communal violence in India.

The two men are wanted for a spate of terror attacks across the country. Sajid was thought to have been killed in an encounter in Syrian Kobane in 2015, and is suspected to have orchestrated terror blasts in Ahmedabad and Jaipur. Abu Rashid, is suspected to have conducted terror strikes for IM between 2005 and 2008. In the video, the two men are seen describing their journey from India to the Islamic State. The group initially made their first exile to Khorasan in Afghan-Pak border after they were persecuted by the ATS following the Batla house encounter. This was followed by a second exile to IS later.

10 May 26


Uttar Pradesh Police's ATS neutralised a FICN racket and arrested a Nizamuddin Ansari, member of the gang associated with smuggling FICN from Nepal, in Charbagh railway station of Lucknow. Police also recovered fake currency worth INR 7,00,000. The racket was being allegedly run by Pakistan's premier intelligence agency, ISI. Ansari, was looking after the gang's activities around the Indo-Nepal border. However, the kingpins of the gang are believed to based in Singapore, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Ansari was was planning to board a train to Delhi to deliver the consignment, that was seized from him.

11 June 1


After an Islamic State (IS) propaganda video featuring six Indians surfaced a fortnight ago, the AQIS, which is headed by Asim Umar, released a 26-minute audio message titled, 'Without Shariah, War is Mere Strife', "cautioning fighters against harming innocent Muslims". Umar, the head of AQIS identified by security agencies as Sanaullah Haq from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh and said to be based in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, said in this Urdu post, "targeting innocent Muslims as well women and children of the enemy contradicts Islamic Shari'ah, and will prevent the fighter who perpetrates such an act from attaining the rewards of jihad." The audio message of has Arabic, English and Bengali subtitles. The message said that it had been produced by the As-Sahab Media Foundation.

12 July 15 Meerut

A day after a special court sentenced three alleged members of JeM to life imprisonment, a curious case of identities cropped up. A Dalit family from Meerut claimed that one of the convicted terrorists, Mohammad Abid alias Fatte, is their son Pravin Jatav, who is missing since May 5, 2006. The family has demanded to meet Abid in jail and asked for a DNA test on him to check his identity.

Earlier, on July 14, Mohammad Abid alias Fatte, along with two other JeM operatives were sentenced to life imprisonment by a Lucknow court.


13 August 18


Islamic seminary of Barelvi sect issued a fatwa (religious edict) against Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed declaring him anti-Islamic. The 'fatwa' was issued against the JuD 'chief' by Mufti Mohammed Saleem Barelvi, an Islamic seminary in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. It dubbed Saeed, founder of the LeT who carries a USD 10 million bounty on his head, as "outcast" from Islam and declared those following him or considering as Muslim as "illegal".

14 August 28

Chandauli District

The GRP personnel arrested a person, Gopal Rao along with FICN worth INR 2,00,000 at Mughalsarai railway station in Chandauli District of Uttar Pradesh. According to GRP Inspector Tripurari Pandey, during a checking drive a suspicious looking man was caught at platform number 3/4. When checked the GRP found a pack of fake notes INR 1000 denomination and two packs of INR 500 denomination. He is a member of smugglers involved in circulating fake currencies in the country.

15 August 31

Jaunpur District

A court in Uttar Pradesh awarded the death penalty to a Bangladesh national, Obaidur Rehman alias Babu for his role in a train blast that had killed 12 persons in Jaunpur District (July 28, 2005). Rehman is among the seven people involved in the blast that had ripped apart a coach of Patna-New Delhi Shramjeevi Express. He allegedly worked for Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami and LeT, besides Pakistan's spy agency ISI. The explosion was found to have been caused by RDX stored in a toilet of the coach.

16 October 2 Greater Noida / Gautam Buddha Nagar District

Police arrested two men along with FICN of INR 2,47,000 in a local market in Dharampura, Greater Noida of Gautam Buddha Nagar District. The accused have been identified as Jabwar Sheikh (28) and Matahar Sheikh (30), residents of Malda District in West Bengal. They were arrested while trying to exchange the fake currency from a shopkeeper in Greater Noida. During interrogation, the accused revealed that they are residents of Malda in West Bengal. "They said that they used bring fake currencies from Bangladesh. They exchanged the currencies with unsuspecting people at different places," Police official said.



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1 January 9


Four persons, including a woman, were arrested along with FICNs with a face value of INR 41,000 in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. The four came under Police scanner when their vehicle was checked, SP (Rural) Vinit Bhatnagar said. "Twenty fake notes in denomination of 2,000, a Rs 100 note, two pistols and a car have been seized from them," he added.

2 January 13


Naushad, a resident of Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh), who was acquitted of terror charges was arrested again by Police. Police had arrested Naushad in 2007 claiming that he was planning a terror attack. However, in 2015 he was acquitted by a special court after spending more than eight years in jail. The Uttar Pradesh government had challenged the order in the High Court. The High Court had issued a non-bailable warrant against him in December, 2016. Naushad, who was arrested in Bijnor, will be taken into transit remand and brought to Lucknow on January 16. The next hearing of the matter is on January 31.

3 February 27 Agra

Two persons, identified as Rakesh Goyal and Mubashara have been arrested by the Police, along with FICN of face value of INR 1,50,000 from Sanjay Place, the commercial hub of Agra. The duo was carrying these notes from Delhi to Kanpur. They have confirmed that the fake currency was being printed in Karachi and Rawalpindi in Pakistan at the behest of ISI and being sent to India via Bangladesh.

4 March 7 Kanpur

The ATS in Uttar Pradesh carried out a massive search operation in Kanpur and arrested three persons linked with Bhopal-Ujjain train blast. The three held in Kanpur are identified as Mohammed Imran alias Bhai, Mohammed Faisal Khan (both are brothers) and Fakre Alam alias Rishu, a native of Etwawah. The Police said that they recovered a laptop, cellphones and found IS videos and literature in the laptop.

5 March 8 Lucknow

After 12 hours of intensive firing and the use of tear gas and smoke bombs, one Islamic State (IS) suspect was killed by ATS in Thakurganj area in outskirts of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, and the operation ended at around 3 am on March 8. At least six persons were reportedly arrested in an anti-terror sweep and combing operation was underway to flush out one suspect holed up in a house, hours after a low intensity blast in Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train. The body the suspect holed up in the house was identified as Mohammed Saifurullah alias Ali, a resident of Kanpur.

6 March 8 Uttar Pradesh

Investigations in the suspected IS (Islamic State) terror module operating in India revealed that Ghaus Mohammed Khan, an ex-Indian Air Force officer was the leader of the group planning attacks in the country. According to a report Ghaus Mohammed Khan is currently absconding. Earlier yesterday, the Anti-Terrorist Squad managed to kill the terrorist hiding inside a house in Thakurganj area of Lucknow after 10 hours of long battle. However, it was the Counter Intelligence Cell of the Telangana Police that tracked, monitored and intercepted calls and messages of the suspected terrorists for months. According to sources, all the module members, including the slain, Saifullah, who was identified as their leader were reported to have been under electronic surveillance for months.

Uttar Pradesh ATS IG Aseem Arun revealed that the neutralised terrorist was a member of the IS Khorasan module. "We got the intelligence from a sister agency that a person named Saifullah affiliated to ISIS is hiding in a residential area in Lucknow. In 2016, the NIA had taken down Khalid Rizwan, as a part of a nationwide mission against the IS, resulting in the arrest of more than 20 people. In October 2016, the CIC had decoded texts between 6 men in Kerala recruited by an IS handler to plan terrorist attacks. In June 2016, the Telangana Police had provided the NIA with inputs to bust an IS terror module preparing to attack various Police Stations in Hyderabad.

7 March 9 Lakhimpur Kheri District

A Nepalese national allegedly killed in firing by the SSB along the border Indo-Nepal border at Lakhimpur Kheri District in Uttar Pradesh after SSB men tried to stop a group of Nepalese citizens from constructing an illegal bridge on no man's land. The Nepalese citizens allegedly responded to this by assembling a mob which pelted the SSB men with stones, injuring seven border guards. In response, the SSB fired in the air to disperse the crowd. Heavy security force has been deployed at the spot and the situation is being monitored by senior officials, who are also in talks with authorities across the border.

8 March 13 Lucknow

In a development in the Lucknow Islamic State (IS) encounter, a purported message posted by a pro- IS Telegram channel has identified Saifullah, who was killed in an encounter in Lucknow earlier this week, as a soldier of the Caliphate. Officials said they are verifying the veracity of the post and has sought cooperation from foreign intelligence agencies. This is the first time that any IS supported channel on Telegram has owned up Saifullah, who was part of the alleged terror module, which planted a bomb on a train near Bhopal on March 7.

US based intelligence website Site Intel Group posted a screen grab of the Telegram message on Twitter, which said, "Pro-#ISIS Telegram Channel Incites for Attacks in #India, Points to Suspected IS Fighter Saifullah as Example." The website also posted a photograph of Saifullah describing him as a "soldier of the Khilafah from India." The photo was juxtaposed with a message in Urdu, Arabic and English. It said, "Think not of those who are killed in the way of Allah as dead, Nay, they are alive, with their Lord, and they have provision."

9 March 14 Lucknow

The NIA has registered a FIR in the latest Islamic State (ISIS) inspired cases in the Madhya Pradesh and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) terror operations. The principal focus of the investigators would now be to digitally track the mastermind behind the modules, who is believed to be abroad. The move is to ensure that further radicalisation of Indian youth is stopped. After forces managed to identify a Lucknow terror module linked to ISIS, top intelligence sources had confirmed that search activities were initiated to find 20 odd youths who might have joined the Islamic radical group earlier and are now back in the country. As per information, all the 20 members - mostly based out of Kerala - were in Syria recently and might have returned to India to act on the radical groups agenda. While there have been no ISIS related terror activities in India, the Lucknow terror module raised a lot of security concerns for the country. The Centre has pinpointed five states where ISIS activists could surface, including Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Intelligence operations have already commenced in these states for monitoring any kind of terror activity.

10 March 14 Agra

Warning of attacks in India, terror outfit Islamic State (IS) released a graphic depicting Taj Mahal as a possible target. According to reports, the graphic image showing an image of Taj Mahal in the backdrop with an IS terrorist standing next to it was posted by the Ahwaal Ummat Media Center on a channel of Telegram, the encrypted communication app.

Site Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadi activity on the web, has confirmed the report. The graphic also has an inset which shows another image of the Taj Mahal within crosshairs with the words "New Target" written below it. Also, there is an image of a van with the Arabic text "Agra istishhadi" (Agra martyrdom-seeker) written in English. The security agencies have claimed that some 75 Indians have so far joined IS. This includes 45 who went from India, mostly from Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka, while the remainder were Indians living abroad.

11 March 23 Lucknow

Terror suspects Atif and Danish were arrested in Lucknow by the NIA in connection with the Lucknow terror operation. Sources in the NIA said the arrested duo will be taken to Kanpur and other places in Uttar Pradesh by the investigating agency for further investigation. Uttar Pradesh's ATS had earlier on March 14 handed over the Lucknow terror operation probe to the NIA.

12 March 30 NS

The Kanpur module owing allegiance to IS, involved in the March 7 Ujjain train blast, had exploded a bomb outside the venue of PM Narendra Modi's Dussehra rally in Lucknow last year (2016), according to the interrogation report of Atif Muzaffar, the IS operative. The original plan was to target the `secured area' inside the rally but the terror squad couldn't get access due to heavy security.

The group, while making trial runs of IEDs, learnt that Prime Minister Modi was to visit Lucknow. Muzaffar, a resident of Kanpur and self designated 'Amir' (chief) of the Kanpur module, discussed the possibility of targeting the PM with former Indian Air Force air man G M Sahab. As part of the plan, about 5-6 days before the October 11 rally, which was attended by home minister Rajnath Singh as well, Atif and his deputy Danish prepared a pipe bomb using steel pipes and chandelier bulbs. In order to make the IED more lethal, they even bought two packets of splinters (iron ball bearings) from a cycle shop. Before planting the bomb, they also conducted a reccee of the venue in order to observe security arrangements.

13 April 20 Bijnor District

In a multi-state joint operation, the Police teams of Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh, arrested four suspected terrorists belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS) Khorasan module and detained six others. The arrests were made during raids April 20 morning in Mumbra (Maharashtra), Jalandhar (Punjab), Narkatiaganj (Bihar), and Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar (both in Uttar Pradesh), the officials said. IG of the UP ATS Aseem Arun, in a statement in Noida, said that four persons were arrested on charges of hatching terror conspiracies. He said the accused were planning a major terror attack in the country. Important documents relating to the ISIS were seized from them, Arun claimed.

According to Police, two persons, identified as Mufti Faizan and Tanveer, allegedly connected with the ISIS, were arrested from Bijnor District of Uttar Pradesh. Nazim Shamshad Ahmed (26), who hails from Bijnor, was nabbed from Mumbra township in Thane District adjoining Mumbai in Maharashtra. Another suspect identified as Muzammil was arrested from Jalandhar District of Punjab. According to an UP ATS statement in Lucknow, six others were taken into custody and were being questioned in Noida, on the outskirts of Delhi. The accused had got in touch with each other over the internet, Arun said, adding that central security agencies played an important role in the operation.

14 April 21 Noida

Report said that six people detained in Uttar Pradesh on April 20 on suspicion of association with ISIS have been handed over their families to facilitate their "de- radicalisation", Police said. "Six persons, who were detained interrogated in Noida have been handed over to their families. Legal action will be taken if any proof is found against them," a senior official of the UP's ATS said. "However, keeping in mind that they were being influenced by radical propaganda, management will be made with the help of their families for their de-radicalisation," the official said. About the four others arrested, the officer said they will be produced in the court and their remand will be sought for interrogation.

15 April 22 Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh (UP) Police tightened security in all districts following intelligence inputs that "anti-national elements" dressed like Hindu saints were planning to carry out "spectacular" attacks at prominent religious sites and public places in the State. The inputs, provided by Madhya Pradesh (MP) Police, said the 17-18 men had been trained by Pakistan's ISI in Hindu religious practices, and might try to blend into the local populace before carrying out strikes. "A group of 17-18 anti-national elements, trained in Hindu rituals, is planning a spectacular incident at prominent religious sites and other sensitive spots in the guise of sadhus," the letter issued by Additional Director General of MP Police read.

16 May 3


The UP ATS claimed to have neutralised an espionage racket in the state by arresting a suspected ISI agent from Faizabad and picking up another for questioning. This comes days after intelligence inputs had warned of a possible terror attack in the state by ISI-trained terrorists. In a joint operation conducted by the UP ATS, Military Intelligence and UP Intelligence, Aftab Ali was picked up from Faizabad.

17 May 13 Maharajganj District

A HM militant, identified as Naseer Ahmed alias Sadiq (34) was arrested at the Indo-Nepal border in Maharajganj District in Uttar Pradesh as he was trying to cross into the country to carry out terror activities, according to officials. Naseer Ahmed hailing from Banihal in Ramban District of Jammu and Kashmir, was held from Sonauli border post. He was trying to sneak into India from Nepal in the guise of a shawl and carpet vendor, the SSB officials said.

18 May 29


The Azamgarh Police are investigating link of a female medical student, with an Islamic State (IS) module of Amzad khan alias Ayan Khan Salafi, who was deported from Saudi Arabia in April. The link of the girl, a medical student from Sarai Mir area of Azamgarh District, surfaced during interrogation of Amzad by NIA. Amzad is a resident of Churu in Rajasthan and had been closely associated with IS. He had radicalised the 24-year-old girl on phone and the two had entered into Nikah (marriage) on phone only. Though, the NIA has not disclose the identity of the girl, the local Police and intelligence unit are trying to trace out her and her family members. "We have come to know about the girl, but she is yet to be traced out in want of her identity," the Azamgarh SP Ajay Sahni said, adding that the intelligence is being gathered to trace out the girl.

19 June 22 Agra and Firozabad

NIA at present, is tracking 80 Bangladeshi women in Agra and Firozabad who are suspected to be engaged in fake currency dealings. The identities of the suspects have not been revealed by the NIA. It is suspected that as many as 15 of them, are living in Itmaduddaulah area of Agra posing as grocery vendors while their real business is of dealing in fake currency. All these women are on the NIA scanner and their activities are being monitored. A team of Kolkata Police officers and constables is closely working with the NIA, which has set up camp in Agra. DSP B S Tyagi told that the local Police have not been informed about the NIA probe. The local police have only been deployed for the security of the entire operation and the camp.

20 June 28 Azamgarh

One of the two Islamic State (IS) recruiters behind the online identity Yusuf-al-Hindi, could possibly have been Mohammad Sajid alias Bada Sajid, who hailed from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and is believed by Indian agencies to have been killed in 2015 while fighting in Syria. This is what IS sympathiser Amzad Khan, who was deported to India from Saudi Arabia in April, has indicated to interrogators, while identifying a photograph of Yusuf-al-Hindi, sources said. Sajid was a member of IM before fleeing to Pakistan after a security crackdown in 2008, from where he and Karnataka-born Shafi Armar migrated to Afghanistan and Syria. Armar was recently designated as a 'global terrorist' by the US.

Investigators believe that Sajid and Armar had radicalised Indians online using the same identity - Yusuf-al-Hindi. "It is possible that after Sajid's death, Armar has been handling the account," said sources. According to sources, Khan, a 37-year-old from Rajasthan, told interrogators: "In the beginning, Yusuf had set a photo taken from his back as his profile picture (on his Telegram account). By the end of December 2015, he changed it to one taken from the front." Investigators believe this image was one of the same set of photographs taken from two angles. Khan told interrogators that he later saw the same person in a video posted on social media by the IS in May 2016, purportedly showing those who had gone to Syria from Maharashtra.

21 July 25 Chakeri area / Kanpur District

The NIA arrested two suspects from Chakeri area in Kanpur District allegedly for planning terrorist activities. The arrested suspects, 26-year-old Asif Iqbal and 27-years old Mohammad Atif, believed to be members of the Islamic State (IS)-related module active in Kanpur, stayed at Jajmau locality under the jurisdiction of Chakeri Police Station in Kanpur and were known to each other. According to reports, Asif Iqbal is the cousin of Saifullah, the alleged IS-inspired terror operative who was gunned down in Kakori area of Lucknow in UP on March 7, 2017, soon after the blast in Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train on the same day.

22 August 6


A team of ATS arrested a Bangladeshi man, Abdullah al Mamon, suspected of being a member of the banned militant outfit ABT from UP. According to an ATS spokesperson, four more people have been arrested following Abdullah's arrest. Two of them were living in a madrasa (Islamic Seminary). Two were locals, while the others came from Kashmir and Bihar. Indian investigators seized several fake passports, Aadhaar cards and other official documents from Abdullah that he was also holding for other people. They also discovered official seals, duplicated signatures of important officials and copied panchayat pradhans. Indian Police said that Abdullah and his team had succeeded in laying the groundwork for spreading a terror network in the area and were moving into the second or third phase of their operations. Abdullah was also trying to marry a local girl, but his accent was an impediment, said police. He had been working as an Imam for over a year before he was removed because of his accent.

23 August 8


The NIA filed a chargesheet against four members of IS's self-professed Lucknow-Kanpur module. Atif Muzaffar, Danish, Syed Mir Hussain and Ghaus Khan, who were allegedly involved in a blast on a Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train in March, 2017 have been charged under the IPC and the UAPA. In the chargesheet filed before a special NIA court in Bhopal, the agency has alleged that Muzaffar formed a terrorist gang with several members. An NIA statement said the gang included Danish, Hussain, Khan and one Saifullah and owed allegiance to the IS. Saifullah was killed in an encounter in Lucknow on the day of the blast.

24 August 8


The UP ATS is probing whether Faizan, an alleged member of Bangladeshi terror group ABT, planned to recruit youths by offering them training in martial arts at Deoband in Saharanpur. Bangladeshi native Faizan, who allegedly holds a key post in ABT, is absconding. He is reportedly an associate of Abdullah, who was arrested from Muzaffarnagar by the ATS on August 6. Abdullah was produced before a Lucknow court on August 8, which sent him to five-day Police custody.

25 August 9


Security agencies in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi railway station found a suspicious unattended package, later found be a low intensity device, on a Amritsar-bound train. "A low-intensity device was found, it has been deactivated and train has left for its destination," Saumitra Yadav, SP GRP. Earlier, the train was stopped at Amethi for checking and two coaches were vacated and bomb disposal squad was also called for aiding the operation. "A package with a 'sutli' (thread) wrapped, two lighters and little powder material strewn around was found in the train (Akal Takhat Express/12317)," official said, adding, "The suspicious package was reported at around 1am on Wednesday night." The officials have also recovered a threat letter near the package. The letter claims to avenge LeT terrorist Abu Dujana's killing.

26 August 16-17 Unnao District

The UP ATS arrested another alleged terrorist of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), identified as Jaswant Singh Kala from an Unnao farm house in Unnao District on August 17. He is wanted in multiple cases in Delhi, Rajasthan and Punjab and was hiding in the farm house for the past few weeks after allegedly killing a supporter of anti-Babbar Khalsa group in Punjab around two months ago. Kala was arrested on the revelations made by his accomplice Balwant Singh, who was staying with changed identity in Lucknow for the past five years. Balwant Singh was arrested from a Gurudwara on Nadan Mahal road in Lucknow on August 16 evening. He was Granthi at the Gurudwara.

ASP of ATS, Rajesh Sahani said Jaswant Singh Kala has been one of the most active members of BKI. He said Kala is among Sikh hardliners who support pro-Khalistan groups. Sahani said Kala was involved in three sensational killings of the supporters of the anti-Babbar Khalsa groups in Hanumangarh in Rajasthan, and Faridkot and Nawa Shahar in Punjab in 2016 and 2017. He said Jaswant was earlier arrested under sedition charges and arms act from Delhi's Modi Colony in 2008 and on similar charges in 2005.

27 August 28

Kanpur Dehat District

Three persons were arrested along with FICN, having face value of over INR 12 lakh in INR 2,000 and INR 500 denominations, from Kanpur Dehat area in Kanpur Dehat District. Acting on a tip off, Police arrested Ashwani Kumar, Jai Prakash and Rajkumar from Rasulabad area of Kanpur Dehat with the FICN, having face value of INR 12,39,500, Police said, adding that the notes are in denominations of INR 2,000 and INR 500. The Police has also recovered a computer, a printer, a scanner, paper and ink used in printing of fake notes.

28 August 31


According to a charge sheet filed by the NIA in a case related to March 7, 2017, Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train blast incident members of Islamic State (IS) Lucknow-module collected arms and ammunition to carry out terrorist activities in India and to target non-Muslims when they failed to go to Iraq and Syria. The members of the module visited various border areas in India in a bid to go abroad to join the Islamic State, the charge sheet said. After failing to reach Iraq and Syria, they bought arms, ammunition and explosives to carry out terrorist activities in India. It said the module had planned to target non-Muslims, Muslim scholars of other sects as well as religious places in India. "The module propagated the ideology of the Islamic State to attract, motivate and recruit youths to carry out terrorist acts," the charge sheet said.

"They took 'Bayath' (oath of allegiance) to the Islamic State, hatched a criminal conspiracy with intention of (committing) terrorist activities, recruited persons, raised funds, organized terrorist camps and carried out terrorist acts," the NIA said. It alleged that they conspired to threaten India's sovereignty. They shifted their hideouts in Lucknow, conducted a trial blast and killed a man in Kanpur, Ramesh Chandra Shukla, on October 24, 2016, the NIA said. An NIA statement said the accused conducted reconnaissance of Sufi shrine Dewa Sharif in Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh and other religious places for planting IEDs.

Those named in the charge sheet are Mohammad Faisal, Gauss Mohammad Khan, Mohammad Azhar, Atif Muzaffar, Mohammad Danish, Asif Iqbal, Mohammad Atif and Syed Meer Hussain. Sayed is a resident of Kannauj while others belong to Kanpur -- all in Uttar Pradesh. Another accused, Saifullah, also from Kanpur, was killed in a shootout in Lucknow a day after the blast. NIA investigators said Saifullah along with Atif, Danish, Syed and Gauss was allegedly involved in the blast. Atif, Danish and Syed travelled to Bhopal and planted an IED in a general compartment of the Bhopal-Ujjain train on March 7. They were held at Pipariya in Madhya Pradesh while trying to flee to Lucknow. Saifullah was killed next day.

The NIA filed the charge sheet before a special NIA court in Lucknow against eight persons of the module for being members of the Islamic State and their involvement in the conspiracy. According to the NIA chargesheet in the case Atif Muzaffar is the head of the module. On August 8, 2017, a charge sheet was filed against Atif, Danish, Syed and Gauss in a special court in Bhopal. The case was initially registered by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad in March before it was taken over by the NIA.

29 September 6

Amroha District

Police in Amroha arrested a BSc student, identified Sunil Kumar and his associate in a college along with FICN worth INR 5,00,000. Sunil Kumar was also kingpin of the FICN racket. Sunil Kumar, with other gang members, was allegedly printing fake notes of high quality and supplying them to other parts of the country. Printing machines and other equipment, inks and dyes have also been seized.

30 September 18


A chargesheet submitted by the NIA stated that the Lucknow module of the Islamic State (IS) had Muslim scholars on its hit list. Muslim scholars from the Shiva, Barelvi and Deobandi sects were on its hit list the NIA chargesheet stated. The NIA is probing the Ujjain-Bhopal train blast case in which the Lucknow module of the IS has been blamed. "Investigation has established that the accused IS persons conspired to carry out terrorist activities in India and planned for targeting Muslim scholars of other sects, Shia, Barelvi, Deobandi, within India." The chargesheet also reveals the module had several Sufi shrines, including Dewa Sharif in Barabanki, on its target. NIA said the module religiously followed the Wahabi doctrine of Sunni Islam that regards Muslims who do not agree with its interpretations as infidels or apostates. "The material recovered from their possession is not just sophisticated arms and ammunition or explosive substances. There are videos, photographs, literature and discourse recordings that suggest how badly they wanted to take on the scholars of the community who opposed the idea of Caliphate," the NIA further stated.

31 September 19


In joint operations that last all of last week, Punjab Police and UP ATS have arrested six suspects who had non-bailable warrants issued against them for their role in high-security Nabha jailbreak in Patiala (Punjab) in November 2016. Police said those arrested also have links with outlawed group BKI.

One BKI suspect, identified as Harpreet Singh alias Jitendra Singh Tony was arrested from Mailani area in Lakhimpur Kheri District. Another BKI suspect, Satnam Singh was arrested by the joint team of the ATS, Punjab and local Police from Sikanderpur area of the Lakhimpur Kheri District. Sources said Police are close to busting a network of Sikh militants in the region, including from Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur and Lakhimpur Kheri. UP ATS IG Asim Arun said, "One of the terror suspects, Balwant Singh, who was arrested in Lucknow led us to Jitendra Singh Toni who is wanted for supplying arms during the armed jailbreak in November last year."

According to Police officers involved in the investigations, Baba Babwant Singh, a resident of Naushehra Pannuan in Punjab's Tarn Taran District, was held on September 16 from Lucknow, while Jaswant Singh alias Kala, a resident of Sonewala village in Punjab's Muktsar Sahib district and a close aide of former BKI chief Jagtar Singh Hawara, was arrested from Unnao District the same day. Both were also wanted in several cases of targeted killings. Their interrogation led to more arrests from the region.

Sources added that Harjinder Singh Khalon, a Sikh leader from Pilibhit, and his aide Amandeep, who is from Udham Singh Nagar, were arrested from Lucknow based on inputs provided by Baba Balwant Singh. Punjab ATS IG Vijay Pratap Singh confirmed the involvement of Harjinder Singh, Amandeep and one Sandeep Tiwari, who was arrested from Sultanpur, in the armed attack on Nabha jail on November 27, 2016. "The arrested accuseds were involved in the armed offensive during the Nabha jailbreak. We are also trying to trace one of the key conspirators of the jailbreak, Gopi, who was last seen on September 10 in Shahjahanpur but managed to flee," Singh said. Soon after the jailbreak last year, west UP had come under the radar of Punjab Police and was dubbed as a safe haven for suspects linked to the banned outfit. Hours after the jailbreak, main conspirator Parvinder Singh was arrested from Shamli in Uttar Pradesh. At least 10 armed men had broken into the premises of the high-security Nabha jail and freed six men, including Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) terrorist Harminder Mintoo, on November 27.

32 October 6


Twenty Bangladeshi youngsters, believed to be in touch with Islamic terror organisation recruiters have gone missing from western Uttar Pradesh (UP) over the years, according to the revelation made in a report prepared by ATS of the UP Police, which arrested four illegal Bangladeshi immigrants linked to Bangladesh-based terror modules in the past 10 weeks. All four had taken refuge in Saharanpur and were staying in Deoband, the Islamic seminary in western UP.

IG UP ATS Asim Arun said, "Faizan went missing from Saharanpur in the first week of August. We had recovered IS literature from his room and he had even scribbled a few things on a piece of paper used for making lethal bombs". Linked to JMB, ABT and other Islamic terror outfits, Faizan, was apparently trying to wage war against the country and had visited Kashmir valley. Through cash deposit receipts found in his room, the ATS found that Faizan had received money from different sources, regularly. "Most of the payments the group of illegal immigrants received were valued below `50,000 but we were surprised to see up to `9.80 lakh deposited in one go in accounts operated by them at Saharanpur", the IG said. Other security agencies in the country have been alerted to look out for Mr Faizan.

33 October 11


SPOT has been constituted to better equip UP ATS in dealing with any possible terror attack or any other kind of eventuality. The team will help in expediting cases and investigation, besides assisting in cyber monitoring of people involved in terror activities. It will also help in the de-radicalising activities, the ATS said in a release. The team would initially have 694 posts, while 316 more posts would be created for the ATS for quick intelligence compilation, internet monitoring and investigation of events, the release said. Currently, there are 264 posts in the ATS.

34 October 26

Barablan locality / Moradabad District

An alleged LeT operative, out on bail after serving a sentence for possession of firearms and explosives, was arrested by Police for possessing fake documents, including a passport from Barablan locality of Moradabad District. Farhan Ahmed Ali (48) had used the passport to travel to Kuwait in 2011, which was also a violation of the conditional bail on which he had been released from prison. Following a complaint of land grab, Police arrested Ali from Barablan locality of Mughalpura Police Station. A search of his house turned up fake IDs including ration card, driver's licence, Pan card and Aadhaar card, as well as a fake passport.

On August 28, 2002, Ali and another alleged LeT man, Shahid Ahmed Bakshi, were arrested from New Delhi with 4kg of RDX, detonators, pistol and ammunition. They were accused of plotting to assassinate then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and top Sangh Parivar leaders to "avenge" the 2002 Gujarat riots. They had also been accused of indoctrinating Muslim youths affected by the riots.

35 October 28

Firozabad District

The Uttar Pradesh (UP) Police arrested three persons along with the FICN with a total face value of INR 1.3 lakh in Firozabad District. The fake notes were in INR 2000 and INR 50 denominations. The Police also recovered equipment and material used to make the notes.

36 November 4

Azamagarh District

The Uttar Pradesh ATS arrested one suspected Islamic State (IS) terrorist, identified as Abu Zaid (37) from the Mumbai Airport, soon after deboarding a flight from Riyadh. "Abu Zaid, suspected ISIS terrorist was arrested by the ATS team from Mumbai Airport yesterday (November 4) after he came from Saudi Arabia," ADG - Law and order, Anand Kumar said. He said Zaid was residing in Riyadh and formed a social media group to allegedly radicalise youths and lure them to ISIS.

Abu Zaid of Azamagarh District of Uttar Pradesh, who had been staying in Riyadh for a year, allegedly used a highly-secure chat application Threema, for his conversations with his targets from western UP, Kumar said. 'Threema' provides random IDs to users without asking them to provide a phone number or e-mail address. Abu Zaid was later brought to Lucknow on a transit remand. A police team was sent to Zaid's house in Azamgarh.

37 November 8

Behat / Saharanpur District

Uttar Pradesh Police busted a FICN racket and arrested one member, identified as Abul Hassan along with FICN worth of INR 30 lakh at Behat in Saharanpur District. SSP, Bablu Kumar said that on tip off Police raided at Pathlokhar village and arrested Abul Hassan while his two accomplices managed to flee. Kumar said during interrogation Abul disclosed that racket of three miscreants had plan of purchasing gold after printing FICNs.

38 November 20

Jhansi railway station / Jhansi District

GRP arrested two persons along with FICNs worth of INR 1.20 lakh at the Jhansi railway station in Jhansi District of Uttar Pradesh. During the routine checking, two youths were arrested with FICN of INR 2,000 denomination to the tune of INR 1.20 lakh, SP Railway Om Prakash Singh said. The accused, one hailing from Shivpuri of Madhya Pradesh and the other from Babina area of Jhansi said that they had brought the notes from New Delhi for using them in the Bundelkhand region, the SP said.

39 November 27


According to the Intelligence sources, AQIS is engaging its members in India to spark the communal tensions and target religious places. In the video titled, 'Saffron Terror', AQIS media unit included the morphed images and video clips associated with 'Hindu extremism' to communally charge the contents of the video. After the release of the video, the intelligence agencies are keeping an eye on the movements of AQIS affiliated sleeper cell headed by Sanual Haq, an Uttar Pradesh resident.

40 November 27


The Azamgarh Police opened history sheets of four alleged IM operatives under instructions of the Uttar Pradesh ATS. A senior ATS official said it was recently decided that history sheets of all terror suspects hailing from the State would be opened to record the cases lodged against them in Police stations of their native districts for surveillance purposes. The four fugitives - Abu Rashid alias Sheikh alias Danda, Dr Shahnawaz Alam, Mohammad Sajid alias Bada Sajid and Mohammad Rashid Sultan - belong to Sanjarpur village in Azamgarh District. Their history sheets were opened at Saraimeer Police station, confirmed IG, ATS, Asim Kumar Arun.

The ATS has prepared a list of 25 such suspects which include those who are absconding, in prison as well those acquitted in cases by a court. Shahnawaz and Sajid carry a bounty of INR10 lakh each on their heads, announced by the NIA. Station Officer of Saraimeer police station, Ram Naresh Yadav, said, "Abu Rashid's historysheet has been opened with number 70A, Shahnawaj's as 46A, Sajid's as 37A and Mohammad Rashid's as 26A. "These four historysheets were opened today on the basis of details provided by UP ATS." An ATS official said they are yet to acquire "concrete information" about the whereabouts of the four alleged IM men since after terror cases were lodged against them in different states. The official, however, claimed that the agency suspects the four are fighting for IS in Syria.

41 November 28

Varanasi District

Security agencies have arrested an alleged LeT militant from Varanasi District and claimed that he was carrying out reconnaissance of vital installations such as army camps and power projects, officials said. The arrested militant was identified as Abdul Naeem Sheikh, a resident of Aurangabad in Maharashtra. It is alleged that Sheikh had visited J&K where he had carried out a recce mission involving some vital installations, including Army camps and power projects. The officials claimed that he had also visited some places in Himachal Pradesh, especially Kasol, which is being frequented by Israeli nationals. The case has been handed over to the NIA for further probe

42 November 29


LeT operative Shaikh Abdul Nayeem-arrested by the NIA on November 28, turned out to be an associate of 26/11 Mumbai attacks' accused Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal. According to the NIA, Nayeem was also associated with LeT 'commander' Amzad alias Rehan who is based in Pakistan, and facilitated funds from LeT operatives in UAE with intentions to setup basis in different parts of India. Nayeem also did recce of different tourism-focal areas in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh for the purpose of carrying out terror attacks, said NIA statement. The NIA special court had granted his custody to NIA for ten days.

43 December 10


Officials said that that suspected LeT operative Abdul Nayeem Sheikh, who was arrested from Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) in November 2017, had spent some time in south Kashmir and pictured some Army installations. Sheikh, a resident of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, was on the radar of central intelligence agencies for quite some time before he was arrested with the help of Uttar Pradesh Police in the last week of November. During interrogation, Sheikh disclosed that he had stayed in Pulwama, moved to various places with the help of one Malik and even photographed some Army and Para-military camps, the officials claimed. Sheikh, who was wanted in connection with a 2014 terror case and was since on the run, told investigators that some important power projects and railway tracks in the Valley were surveyed, they said.

44 December 10


The Uttar Pradesh Police is clamping down on self-radicalised youth influenced by ideologies of groups such as IS, HUJI-B and SIMI in several districts. "We are keeping a close tab on self-radicalised youth and their activities. We have arrested about 18-20 people in recent months and some are under close watch. All these youth and their groups are influenced by the ideologies of terror outfits like IS, LeT, SIMI and HuJI of Bangladesh. Of late, Kerala-based PFI was on our radar and their monitoring has increased with their involvement in 'anti-national propaganda' on December 6. We're trying to assess the growth of such radicalised groups and their influence on youth and others in the state," said Anand Kumar, UP's ADG of Police (law and order). He added, "There are specific alerts and in recent times, nearly 14-15 terror modules have been busted." Some officials also gave vital leads to why UP Police are on their toes against terror groups operating from the state. "Starting from Azamgarh as the nerve centre for such terror ideologies threatening to influence minority-community youth to various pockets of western UP - Shamli, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Aligarh and Moradabad - UP Police have zeroed-in on Bijnore for strong SIMI links with locals," a source in UP PHQ told this correspondent.



Source: Compiled from English language media sources.





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