UP ATS corners 'terrorist' in Lucknow, encounter underway

Mar 08, 2017, 00:26
UP ATS corners 'terrorist' in Lucknow, encounter underway

Anti-terror operations to flush out two terrorists, suspected to be linked with the Bhopal-Ujjain train blast, holed up in a house in the outskirts of Lucknow continued late on Tuesday night, police said.

At least eight people were injured in the blast on the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train.

Additional Director General of Police Daljit Chaudhary told ANI that they had been tipped off in the morning about the presence of a few suspects in Kanpur and Lucknow.

A suspected terrorist opened fire at security forces in Thakurganj area of Lucknow on Tuesday. As he got wind of the police movement in the area, he locked himself up in a house.

Aseem Arun said, "The police gave ample chance to the suspect to surrender but instead he resorted to firing with an automatic gun". "He is alone, and there are no hostages, so we are not in a hurry". Earlier, those living in the neighborhood were evacuated from their houses and the entire area was cordoned off. Police sources said that more modules could be hiding in other districts of the two states.

Though reports are still coming in of all the efforts to nab the suspect alive, with police indulging in "restrained operations", the situation is extremely volatile, and is likely to rile up the voters who cast their ballot tomorrow.

The operation and the blast both came a day before today's seventh phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh, but there have been no indications that the developments are linked to the five-state Assembly elections, the results for which will be announced March 11. When that failed to work, the police team fired chilli bombs, but to no avail.

Meanwhile, the Railways beefed up security in the wake of the blast that took place at 9.50 am in a general-class compartment of the ill-fated train.

The Uttar Pradesh police received a tip-off regarding the suspect from authorities in southern states. The affected coach was separated from the rest of the train and fire extinguishers wre used to put the flames out.

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