Chilling details of how Lashkar-e-Taiba's operatives were plotting to kill PM Modi, several high dignitaries

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It’s not clear whether they were three or four of them, but a batch of hardcore Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists entered India via its sealed borders last month, as per the latest IB inputs, planning to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Two are reportedly now in custody, thanks to the joint efforts by Intelligence Bureau, special cell of Delhi Police and J&K cops who are on the prowl to nab others suspect.

Meanwhile, the arrests and IB inputs have led to filing of an FIR on December 1 that reveals chilling details of the widespread Fidayeen and grenade attacks which Dujana, the newly appointed Lashkar commander, was planning on not only the PM, but also several high profile dignitaries were also in the radar.

Here are step-by-step details of what is going on in the ongoing counter-terrorism operation:

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-On a tip-off through a credible source, Delhi cops learnt that Lashkar-e-Taiba, a banned Pakistani terrorist organization, is mulling sensational terrorist attacks in Delhi and other places in the country.

-It aimed to target high profile personalities in Delhi by carrying out Fidayeen and grenade attacks, stated the FIR, adding that LeT operatives communicated in code words.

-They used the word VIP often, as heard in intercepts. All of them were constantly in touch with their leaders in Pakistan for all kinds of support they needed – from financial, logistics to ground support.

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-The mandate was to carry out a ruthless mass shooting in a Paris-like or 26/11 type attack at a gathering attended by Modi.

-The militants were directed to blow themselves off if they failed to penetrate Modi's cordon, or hurl a grenade at the crowd. If they failed at it too, the operatives were asked to eliminate a high- profile target in Delhi or J&K that could instill fear in the minds of Indian government and people.

-It is believed that the strike plan is the brainchild of Dujana to make himself recognized as the new Lashkar commander. Reports also suggest that he wants to take revenge for the death of their operational chief and senior-most commander and strategist, Abdul Rahman alias Qasim.

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Notably, on November 24, a suspect was caught from the Kashmir Valley who gave crucial leads to such a plan in the offing. He revealed that he was given Rs 47,000 to conduct a recce and along with the others who infiltrated the borders, carry out a Mumbai or Udhampur-like attack in Delhi or anywhere in the country.