Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent's Bangladesh chief and his top advisor were among 12 militants belonging to the group arrested by police which also seized a huge cache of explosives, foiling a major attack planned for the end of Ramzan, officials said on Thursday.
Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami operative Tariq Qasmi was on Friday awarded life imprisonment for his role in 2007 blasts in Gorakhpur and Lucknow by a local court which held him guilty of sedition and keeping explosives.
One suspected terrorist who was injured in the October 2 explosion here, in which two others were killed, was on Tuesday arrested taking the total number of those apprehended by the police in the case to four while the CID is on the lookout for two more suspects.
In a setback to Uttar Pradesh government, a court in Barabanki, Friday, rejected its plea seeking to withdraw the case against 2007 Gorakhpur blasts accused Tariq Quasmi and Khalid Mujahid, who are alleged to be HuJI operatives.
Local police busted a cricket betting racket and arrested six persons, including the brother of incarcerated south India chief of terror outfit HUJI, Shaik Khaja, for allegedly accepting bets on IPL matches, police said on Wednesday.
One more person with alleged links to banned terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and HUJI has been nabbed taking the total number of such suspects arrested since August to 15, a top police official said.