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India police arrests another leader of home-grown militant group

Published on Mar 25, 2014 5:29 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian police arrested on Tuesday the alleged head of militant group the Indian Mujahideen, blamed for a string of deadly attacks including one at a rally in October by election frontrunner Narendra Modi, reports said.

New Delhi police arrested Tehseen Akhtar, 23, alias Monu, one of India's most wanted men, just days after the home-grown militant group's Pakistani bomb maker was also taken into custody.

The top officer of Delhi's anti-terror cell, S. N. Shrivastava, confirmed the arrest to the Press Trust of India news agency, without giving further details. Police have called a press conference for later Tuesday.

With the country on high security alert for national elections starting next month, local media said the arrest was a major breakthrough.

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