Ujjain train blast: ISIS made failed bid to target PM rally
The ISIS-inspired terror module, allegedly involved in the Ujjain train blast, had made a failed bid to carry out an explosion at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Lucknow on Dussehra last year, according to NIA probe reports.
According to the reports of interrogation of Mohammed Danish and Atif Muzzafar accessed on Thursday, the duo, along with other friends owing allegiance to the banned ISIS, had planned to plant a bomb at Ramleela ground in Lucknow where the prime minister was scheduled to address a rally on October 17 last.
The duo is currently in the custody of National Investigation Agency (NIA). The group, says Danish in his statement, was desperate to carry out blasts to "test the level of radicalisation" and in the process had made several unsuccessful attempts at planting bombs at various places.
He alleged that Atif Muzzafar, who was the self- designated 'Amir' (chief) of the module, assembled a bomb using steel pipes besides chandelier bulbs for which he also had extended help. Atif is among the six person arrested by the NIA after the March 7 blast at a railway track in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh.
The accused claimed that Atif had procured two packets of splinters (iron ball bearings) from a cycle shop and also carried out a reconnaissance of the venue with another accused identified as just Asif.