Uttar Pradesh ATS locked in battle with two militants

Mar 08, 2017, 00:31
Uttar Pradesh ATS locked in battle with two militants

An anti-terror operation was launched in Thakurganj area of Lucknow after the Anti-terror squad (ATS team) got reports of a top terrorist, identified as Saifullah, hiding in a house on Tuesday.

A nationwide alert has been sounded, and security beefed up in UP, particularly in 40 Assembly seats in eastern Uttar Pradesh going to the polls Wednesday. Commandoes of paramilitary forces were being rushed to assist the ATS and the local police. The man was suspected of being involved in the explosion on a train in Madhya Pradesh which injured nine people on Tuesday morning. He also said that link between the terror suspects and Ujjain train blast could only be established only after proper interrogation.

Talking to news agency ANI, Daljit Singh Chawdhary, the Additional Director General (ADG), Law and Order, said they had received inputs regarding the presence of two terrorists in UP - one in Kanpur and another in Lucknow. According to locals, around 3.30 pm over 30 policemen started vacating the houses in the locality to corner the suspect. Shots have been fired from both sides and security forces have even used chilly bombs in an effort to smoke him out.

Aseem Arun said, "The police gave ample chance to the suspect to surrender but instead he resorted to firing with an automatic gun". The other option the police has is to storm the house and neutralise the suspect.

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Lucknow IG A. Satish Ganesh said, "The suspects were not surrendering".

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.

However, by late tonight, there were indications that there could be at least one or two more persons holed up inside the house but there was no official confirmation.

The blast in the Bhopal-Ujjain Passenger occurred around 9.50 am near Jabri railway station in Shajapur district in the jurisdiction of the Ratlam Division of the Western Railway.