New Delhi: Ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Friday held a number of terror suspects from across the country.
The NIA is on its toes to ensure foolproof security during the event.
Taking action on intelligence inputs, six suspected terrorists were today detained in a joint operation by NIA and police in Karnataka.
"Four people were arrested in Bengaluru and one each in Mangaluru and Tumakuru," Home Minister G Parameshwara told the media on the margins of an event here. Those nabbed in Bengaluru are Asif, Afzal, Sayed and Ahad.
Suspect Nazmul Huda, arrested from Bajpe suburb in Mangalore, is also accused of encouraging youths to join the Islamic State terrorist outfit. He is a dropout from a private engineering college in Bengaluru.
Meanwhile, the premier terror agency also picked up four terror suspects from Telangana capital Hyderabad. Reports say the state police was working on the leads provided by the intelligence officials.
Earlier today, a suspected operative of the Islamic State (ISIS) was arrested from Mumbra, near Mumbai.
The yet unnamed person, said to be in his 30s, was nabbed in an early morning joint operation by sleuths of the Maharashtra ATS and the NIA, reports claimed. Mumbra, in Thane district, is around 30 kms from Mumbai.
Earlier this month, the Delhi Police arrested a suspected member of the terrorist outfit al Qaeda in Bengaluru, who was working as a madrasa teacher.
The alleged member of the terror group was identified as Maulana Anzar Shah.
The security officials recently busted a terror plot to target Ardh Kumbh Mela in Haridwar and malls in Delhi-NCR.
Meanwhile, Delhi has been put on high alert after Intelligence Bureau warned of a possible terror attack by dreaded terror outfit ISIS on the occasion of Republic Day, a report said.
According to a 'CNN-IBN' report, the Islamic State may try to target the national capital on January 26.
The security agency has warned that the terror group, which has spread mayhem in many parts of the world, is most likely to make an attempt to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi and France President Francois Hollande, who is scheduled to attend the Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Rajpath as the 'chief guest'.