Both were arrested near the Gorakhpur city railway station, officials said on Thursday morning.

The suspected terrorists were part of a terror module that was planning to target senior political leaders including Modi.

The police said the suspected terrorists identified as Barkat and Muzammil were taken to the Lucknow headquarters of the Anti-Terror Squad for further questioning.

Officials while refusing to comment on specific leads in the case confirmed that the two were ‘directed’ to target prominent leaders as ‘human bombs’ during election rallies.

"We were given some leads by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police after the arrest of Indian Mujahideen terrorist Tehsin Akhtar, and the arrests in Gorakhpur are a fall out of this tip off," an official said on terms of anonymity.

The official also said that the ATS recovered arms and bomb-making materials from them in Gorakhpur. The arrest comes a day after the Delhi Police arrested terror outfit Indian Mujahideen chief Tehsin Akhtar alias Monu in Darjeeling.

Inspector General (ATS) Rajeev Sabharwal confirmed the arrest but refused to divulge any further details.

Both the suspects are natives of Multan in Pakistan.


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