The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) claims that on Sunday it arrested two people linked to the Al Qaeda terrorist group, from the Kakori area of Lucknow city. According to the Uttar Pradesh Police, guns and explosives such as pressure cooker bombs were recovered.
The arrest of the two operatives linked to the Al-Qaeda terrorist group in India’s Uttar Pradesh has surprisingly provoked a political row in the north-eastern state, where elections for the legislative assembly are due to be held in a few months.
Rather than applauding the arrest, two former state chiefs and opposition leaders have expressed their doubts, suggesting that the whole incident was manufactured.
Former chief of Uttar Pradesh and leader of the Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh Yadav, voiced his scepticism of anything to do with the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“I cannot trust the Uttar Pradesh State Police or, especially, the BJP government,” Yadav said.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief, Mayawati, expressed similar doubts and said that the arrest of two people for allegedly plotting terror attacks, months ahead of elections to the State Assembly has created suspicion in the public’s mind about politics.
“This type of action only when the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections are approaching creates doubts in the minds of the people. If there is any truth behind these activities then why have the police remained unaware of it for so long?” Mayawati asked in a…