"HM militant was planning attack": UP police

He was arrested in Kanpur''s Chakeri area, Singh said at a hurriedly convened press conference here.

A Hizbul Mujahideen militant who was planning an attack on Ganesh Chaturthi was arrested in Kanpur on Thursday, police said.

"The militant has been identified as Qamar-uz-Zama (37), a resident of Assam, and is an active member of Hizbul Mujahideen," Director General of Police OP Singh said.

He was arrested in Kanpur’s Chakeri area, Singh said at a hurriedly convened press conference here.

The state’s Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), which made the arrest, was tracking him for the past 8-10 days. It appeared from his mobile phone that he was carrying out a recce, police said,

"He was active on social media and had posted a picture of himself in April 2018 with an AK-47 weapon, after which he was under our radar," the DGP said.

That photo went viral on social media, police said.

The arrest was made by the ATS with the help of the National Investigation Agency and the Kanpur police.

Qamar-uz-Zama is educated with a sound knowledge of computers, but failed his BA third- year exam, Singh said.