Bangalore: Eleven persons suspected to be linked to terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Harkat-ul-Jihadi al-Islami (HuJI) were detained for their alleged involvement in planning the murder of a well known Kannada columnist and other prominent personalities, police officials said.
Speaking to reporters in Bangalore, Director General of Police, Lalrokhuma Pachau, said backgrounds of those picked up was being checked and investigations were still on.
"Eleven persons have been taken into custody," Pachau said, adding that group were allied with terror groups like HuJI and LeT.
The Bangalore police said that the group had their handlers in Dubai and they had seized a foreign made revolver from one of the accused in Bangalore.
The group had allegedly been plotting the murder of prominent targets for the last eight months in order to incite communal tensions, police officials said.
CNN-IBN reported that one of the eleven persons detained by the police included a journalist, who was accused of providing logistical support to the terror group.
The others were allegedly owners of small businesses, the channel reported.
The accused were reportedly planning the murder of a Kannada newspaper columnist for his comments on the Muslim community, the channel reported.