India, July 12 -- The Uttar Pradesh Police arrested two operatives of the Al Qaeda-linked Ansar Ghazwatul Hind. The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) said that the two arrested men - Minhaz Ahmed and Maseeruddin - were planning explosions, including using "human bombs" at several places in state.

While Ahmed is a resident of Lucknow's Dubagga area, Maseeruddin lived in Madiyaon area of the Uttar Pradesh capital, said the police. A huge amount of explosive was seized from their houses, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar told reporters.

They were planning to "unleash terror activities before August 15 (Independence Day) in different cities of the state, including Lucknow," Kumar said. According to the police off...