Delhi on high alert after Noida shootout

25 01 2009

Delhi on high alert after Noida shootout

Sunday, 25 January , 2009, 12:15

New Delhi:

The incident took place at 2.15 am in Sector 97 when the suspected terrorists were intercepted while they were travelling in a white Maruti 800 car, Additional Director General of Police (UP ATS) Brij Lal said at a press conference in Lucknow.

“The terrorists opened fire at the ATS team, which fired back at them. The driver of the car lost control and went off the road. Then the police team took cover behind a road divider and fired at them. During the gun battle, ATS officer Vinod Kumar Singh sustained a bullet injury,” Lal said.

The terrorists were injured in the shootout and they were taken to hospital, where they were declared brought dead, he added.

“One of the terrorists, while being taken to hospital identified himself as Farooq, a resident of Okara in Pakistan, and his companion as Abu Ismail from Rawalakot (POK),” Lal said.

The police are trying to find out the local contacts of the terrorists, he added.

“The number plate of the car (UP 14E 9531) was found to be that of a Bajaj Chetak scooter owned by a Ghaziabad resident,” said inspector Anil Samania of Noida Police.

Fake student identity cards were also recovered from them, he said.

The car’s engine and chassis number had been erased, police said.

Police intercepted the men’s car in the suburb of Noida as it approached Delhi at around 0200 local time (0730 GMT).

Officers say they found Pakistani passports with the men, along with AK-47 rifles and five hand grenades.

A high alert was sounded in New Delhi and its neighbouring areas after two suspected Pakistani terrorists were killed in a gun battle with the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror squad (ATS) in the Noida suburb early Sunday.The incident took place at 2.15 am in Noida’s Sector 97 when the suspected terrorists, who were travelling in a white Maruti 800 car, were intercepted. A gun battle ensued. The injured terrorists were taken to hospital where they were declared brought dead, police said.

Two terrorists killed in encounter near Delhi”An alert has been sounded in the wake of the morning’s incident,” Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.Security has been beefed up at sensitive points, including the Metro and railway stations and crowded market places.Additional police personnel have been deployed along with bomb disposal squads at Delhi Metro stations, railway stations and inter-state bus terminals. Extra security cover has been extended to all the religious places in the capital, Bhagat said.

Barricades have been put up at various intersections and sniffer dogs are deployed at railway stations. Metal detectors have also been placed at entry points of many busy markets, he added.

Two AK-47s, five hand grenades, RDX, detonators, Pakistani passports and Rs18,000 in cash were recovered from the suspected terrorists, Additional Director General (Uttar Pradesh ATS) Brij Lal said at a press conference in Lucknow.

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