Suspected terrorist holed up near Lucknow

08 March, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Operation on to Flush Out Terror Suspect in Lucknow Another Caught in Kanpur

A day before the seventh phase of Uttar Pradesh polls, a suspected terrorist is cornered by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism (ATS) on Tuesday in densly-populated Thakurganj area of Lucknow.

"The operation is the result of the UP police receiving specific inputs regarding possible terror suspects in the state", Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Daljeet Chaudhary said.

After a six-hour long standoff, security forces finally managed to enter the house in Thakurganj in Lucknow on Tuesday, where they suspected that a terrorist was holed up.

UP ATS chief Aseem Arun told reporters that the police outside had heard the cocking of a pistol and believed he was armed.

Saifullah had refused to surrender and was firing at the police intermittently. "He is alone, and there are no hostages, so we are not in a hurry". Saifullah had been living in Dubagga area of Old Lucknow for the last month and a half. Another one is still hiding, said a top police personnel.

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He was arrested in 2014 and accused of being a member of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), but denied any involvement. It has been proven by the court that he was in touch with the Maoists hiding in jungles and used to work for them from the city.

Chawdhary said one suspect in Kanpur has been arrested and on the basis of the information provided by him, they have reached to the another suspect in Lucknow. Commandos are trying to capture both the terrorists alive and taking all the precautionary measures for that. The locality had to be evacuated as a precautionary measure. "Chilli bombs were used to smoke them out". The incident took place earlier today.

The Uttar Pradesh police received a tip-off regarding the suspect from authorities in southern states. After one-and-a-half hours of gunfight, the firing has been put on halt now. The blast left eight passengers injured.

Senior Railway and police officials also rushed to the scene, as did a team of forensic experts and a dog squad. Since one line was working, there was no major disruption of traffic, it said.

Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh Police are yet to confirm the identity of the group involved in the train blast.

"Madhya Pradesh is an island of peace, those who try to disturb its harmony will not be spared".

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