इंडियन आवाज़     18 Jun 2018 09:09:59      انڈین آواز

Lucknow Encounter: Terror Suspects Refuse to Surrender


After hours of stand-off, UP ATS commandos managed to gain entry in a house in Thakurganj on the outskirts of Lucknow this evening, where a terror suspect was holed in.

The police now say there is not one man but two, at least one of them is suspected of being involved in the explosion on a train in Madhya Pradesh which injured nine people this morning. Senior police officer Daljit Chaudhary said, “We have seen two weapons. Not one but two people are in the room and they haven’t surrendered yet.” The security forces are still trying to capture them alive.

Sources said the suspects are heavily armed. The Lucknow neighbourhood of Thakurganj, which is residential, was cordoned off and at least 20 commandos had been involved in the operation, said police sources. The man, the officials said earlier, had refused to surrender.

One of the suspects of the train blast was arrested in Kanpur, three others were caught in Madhya Pradesh, whose government said the arrests in the two states are linked. Police sources in Uttar Pradesh, which concludes seven days of voting tomorrow, spoke of an ISIS cell, but did not elaborate.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has been briefed about the operation in Lucknow, described by police sources “as very restrained”.

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir today commended Uttar Pradesh police and especially the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) for having done a good job to “nab” the terrorist hiding in a house near Lucknow.
He also said there is a need for sounding alert across the country.

“We are alert. We have sounded alert all over the country,” Mr Ahir told television news channels here.

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