They were hoping to "incite communal tension and clashes." More on this story. "4 held in Nanded for links to terror cell busted in Karnataka," by Syed Rizwanullah for TNN, September 1 (thanks to Vijay):
AURANGABAD: The Aurangabad Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Friday arrested four men in Nanded city who were allegedly in contact with the 11 men arrested in Karnataka on Wednesday for planning terror attacks.
Navinchandra Reddy, superintendent of police (ATS), confirmed that some men had been arrested but refused to elaborate further or name the places from where they had been picked up.
ATS sources said the four men, who are suspected to have links with terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, are in the 20-25 age group. The ATS was keeping an eye on their activities for over a year. All four are said to be residents of an old Nanded locality, the sources said.
According to the sources, the four men were planning to target right-wing Hindutva leaders to incite communal tension and clashes, as bomb blasts in different parts of the country had failed to spark communal conflicts. The sources said the men had their passports ready to escape from the country after executing their plan. The ATS officials also recovered a country-made revolver from one of the men....