Police said they arrested three Pakistan nationals of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed; they said the three had planned to kidnap Rahul Gandhi, a lawmaker of the ruling Congress Party and son of the late Indian premier and his wife, Sonia Gandhi, who now heads the Congress Party.
"The arrested persons -- identified as Mohammad Abid alias Faate, Usuf alias Faisal and Mirza Rashid Baig -- had all been trained in Pakistan," said Vikram Singh, director general of police of Uttar Pradesh state.
He said the three had been trained to kidnap a leading Uttar Pradesh-based politician to exert pressure on the government to release 42 convicted terrorists.
Two AK-47 rifles and four magazines, 120 cartridges of AK-47, three Chinese pistols, 101 live and 15 used cartridges of 30 bore, 4 kilograms of RDX, five detonators and 16 Chinese grenades were recovered from their possession, Singh said.
The police said the men were trained in Pakistan for six months.