- The two arrested men are brothers and well-educated, say investigators
- They had been in touch with handlers through social media, officials said
- They had been under surveillance of the Anti-Terror Squad for a year
"I have no idea about these alleged activities... I don't know if the allegations are true or false. My images of all these years taken a beating," said their father Arif Ramodia, who retired from the Saurashtra University three years ago.
The brothers were planning to attack a religious place, said senior police officer JK Bhatt. "We got information that in the next two days they could strike at a religious place - most likely the Chamunda temple in Saurashtra. They had carried out a reconnaissance of the area as well. The attack was code-named 'lone wolf attack','' said an official.
According to officials of the Anti-Terror Squad, the brothers were under surveillance for over a year now. Their radicalisation process had started two years ago and they used to chat with their handlers using secured apps.
"The two were in touch with their ISIS handlers through Facebook, Twitter and other social media handles. We have seized their computers and lots of incriminating documents,'' said senior officer KK Patel. The squad also seized gunpowder and explosive making material from their residences.
"So far, 67 youths, who were influenced by the ISIS, were arrested while planning to carry out terror attacks," Union home minister Rajnath Singh was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India as saying. But the coordination between the central and state agencies has ensured that such young men have not been able to successful to carry out any terror attack in the country, he had added.