With the 11 terror suspects revealing that they had targeted individuals, police are now wondering whether LeT and HuJI, who are known for mass attacks, have now changed their strategy.
Some police officers who have dealt with terror related cases have expressed concern that if individuals are targeted, the department will have a tough task.
“It’s a new phenomenon as international terror outfits usually plan and execute attacks to kill maximum number of people so that they could spread terror in the minds of the people.
But now, as they are targeting individuals, it leads to the suspicion that they have changed their strategy,” sources said.
“Earlier, only SIMI and other local extremist organisations were known to target individuals like leaders of Hindu organisations or prominent personalities.
But if international outfits begin to go after individuals, they could easily eliminate them,” the officer said.
“Moreover, police have recovered only a pistol and some bullets, which points to their strategy.
Generally, when terror suspects are caught, they will have explosive devices,” the officer opined.
Meanwhile, another officer said the arrested men could have just radical mindsets and that they were a localised group.
“I cannot comment on whether they have links with LeT or HuJI.
But there are chances they were inspired by speeches of some terror group leaders and could have conspired to attack people with rightist leanings.
And since they are well educated, they normally won’t carry out the attacks but only plan them,” he said.