No input of Al-Qaeda activities anywhere else than Sambhal: UP government

Lucknow: Two months after the arrest of two alleged Al Qaeda activists hailing from Sambhal district, the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday said there is "no input" of the terror group's activities in any other part of the state but a close watch is being maintained.

"There is no input of its (Al Qaeda's) activities in other districts," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan told the Assembly in a written reply to a question by Shyamdev Roychaudhari (BJP) and Akhilesh Pratap Singh (Cong) about any input of Al Qaeda's presence in the state after the arrest of its module in Sambhal in December last year.

UP police. File photo. AFP

UP police. File photo. AFP

"But the state government is maintaining a close watch on all suspicious elements in order to check terror groups like it," Khan added in the written reply.

The minister said, "Things are under control... whevever we have any information swift action is taken."

In December last, Delhi Police had arrested Zafar Masood and Mohammed Asif of Sambhal in UP for allegedly being part of Al Qaeda's Indian sub-continent (AQIS) module.

In the supplementaries, Roychaudhari asked about UP being a soft target and Swami Prasad Maurya (BSP) asked whether the state government has held any meeting with the central government over the issue.

Khan replied that whenever there is any input, the state cooperates with the Centre.

"The state government is fully vigilant and extends help and cooperates with the NIA and the central government," the minister said.

Khan said no religion or humanity permits the killing of innocent and Saudi Arabia, from from where Islam emanated, has also condemned it.

He stressed on harmony among the various communities, saying "it is not in our interest that riots take place or the country is weakened."

PTI


Updated Date: Feb 15, 2016 18:44 PM

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