Hours after the government warned about possible terror strikes ahead of Independence Day, Delhi Police arrested two suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militants on Thursday. They were allegedly planning attacks in the national capital.
Javed Ahmed and Ashiq Ali, the suspected militants, were apprehended by the Delhi Police' elite anti-terror wing from Central Delhi's Daryaganj locality around 11 pm.
Ahmed and Ali, who were in a white car, were intercepted by police at Mahavir Vatika parking area following an intelligence input, Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) P N Agarwal said.
"We had inputs about their movement and tracked them," he said.
Police claimed that they recovered two AK-47 rifles, two grenades and around 100 cartridges, besides some documents from the militants, who were in their early 30s.
Investigators are yet to ascertain their nationality, but a senior police official said they appeared to be Indians.
Asked about their targets in Delhi, police said they were interrogating them.
The arrest came hours after Union Home Ministry made public intelligence inputs about LeT planning terror attack in three cities -- Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata -- ahead of Independence Day.
Following intelligence inputs about terror strikes, the Delhi Police has deployed hundreds of policemen and paramilitary personnel across the city.
Security agencies are constantly reviewing arrangements at the Red Fort, where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will unfurl the tricolour.
Specialised units like Quick Reaction Teams, Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) and Vajra (of the Rapid Action force) are being deployed, an official said.