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Breakthrough In Delhi Terror Threat: J&K Man Arrested

A man in Srinagar has been arrested for allegedly being a major part of a plan to attack Delhi this weekend.  He was allegedly operating on behalf of terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba ( LeT ) and
PTI May 02, 2010 23:17 IST
PTI

A man in Srinagar has been arrested for allegedly being a major part of a plan to attack Delhi this weekend.  He was allegedly operating on behalf of terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba ( LeT ) and had a Pakistani handler.

The Jammu and Kashmir police claim Umar Zargar has confessed to his role. He was meant to pick up a consignment of explosives and reach Delhi on April 27, but was detained last week as part of a group of stone-throwers, who have become a notorious mob in Srinagar, thanks to their violent protests conducted with masks concealing their identities.

Indian intelligence agencies warned the government on Friday about intercepted phone calls and emails which suggested a person had been assigned to attack a crowded place on Saturday in the capital. 

Based on similar intelligence, the US issued an advisory to its citizens, with the word "imminent" to describe the danger level in Delhi. Zargar was reportedly in touch with a person in Delhi via email whose identity has not yet been established.

The advisory issued by the US also mentioned markets to be avoided include Sarojini Nagar, Karol Bagh and Greater Kailash. Thousands of additional policemen are on guard at these markets. Sniffer dogs and security cameras were also added and these markets saw fewer shoppers on Sunday than usual.