In a shocking incident in Uttar Pradesh’s capital city of Lucknow, a terror suspect has sneaked into the Thakurganj locality Tuesday evening. With the security forces, including the Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) surrounding the area, a tense stand-off is currently on.
With Uttar Pradesh in the midst of an extremely volatile Assembly election, the security forces fear the worst and have prepared themselves to tackle the situations that may arise from the encounter. According to sources at the spot, there is gunfire going on from both sides. However, there are no reports of any mishap.
An explosion, too, has been reported from the spot. At the time of writing this article, police were probing suspects, in an effort to find the details about how and why the militant get into the city.
The authorities are linking the militant to the explosion in the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train on the morning of Tuesday, where a mobile phone exploded leaving 9 people dead. The stand-off has been continuing for the last 30 minutes.
The ‘terrorist’ is Saiful to be one suspect who was allegedly involved in the Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh train blast. ATS, based on “concrete” information from intelligence, had gone to apprehend Saiful, suspected of involvement in the blast in a train in Madhya Pradesh, from a house in Haji colony.
The IG of ATS, Aseem Arun had also reached the spot. The ADG Daljit Chowdhary is also at the spot. However, which terrorist outfit is behind the attacks are still not clear. It is reported that the terrorist belonged to Madhya Pradesh.
On Thursday, election is scheduled on 40 seats in seven districts of Uttar Pradesh. Election Commission is also keeping a vigil on the developments. Instructions have been put out to arrange stricter security in the state
Here are the updates:
# IG Law & order Makrand Devaskar confirms Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train explosion that took place on Tuesday was a terrorist attack
# Suspected terrorist was living on rent
# Big crowd assembled at the encounter spot. Police is making surrender appeal again and again.
# Home Ministry is in constant touch with UP Police, we are putting all efforts to arrest the terrorist: ADG
# High-alert in Lucknow, Ayodhya, Varanasi and Mathura
# Lucknow airport and railway station are also on high alert. Security has been tightened
# ATS has smoked the house where the terrorists are hiding in an effort to arrest them alive.
# The name of suspected terrorist arrested from Kanpur is Faizan
# The suspected terrorist may be linked to Bhopal train blast
# Hope to arrest him soon, will interrogate thereafter: ADG (Law & Order) Daljit Chaudhary on suspect present inside building in Thakurganj
# We are suspecting presence of only one suspect inside the building, input came in from outside the state: ADG (Law & Order) Daljit Chaudhary
# The suspect inside the building is possibly from Lucknow, we suspect that he has weapons: ADG (Law & Order) Daljit Chaudhary
# One suspect arrested from Kanpur, the second one is inside a building in Thakurganj. He has not came out yet: Daljit Chaudhary
# Had received inputs about presence of suspects in Kanpur and Lucknow, our senior officials searched: ADG (Law & Order) Daljit Chaudhary
Efforts are on to nab the terrorist alive