ATS operation LIVE: Body of terror suspect recovered as Lucknow encounter comes to an end

The terror suspect has been identified as Saifullah, according to reports.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 8, 2017 11:35 am
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An encounter between the Uttar Pradesh Anti Terror Squad and a suspected terrorist in Lucknow’s Thakurganj has come to an end. The body of the terror suspect has been recovered. The suspect reportedly opened fire at security personnel who were combing the area after receiving a tip-off about the presence of a few suspected terrorists. He has been identified as Saifullah, according to reports. He was holed up inside a building in the area. Civilians residing nearby were evacuated from the spot.

Watch | Lucknow Encounter Ends, Terrorist Linked To Ujjain Train Blast Killed

READ| Lucknow: Suspected terrorist opens fire at security forces in Thakurganj, encounter underway

LIVE UPDATES:

3: 25 pm: We used micro tube cameras, image was not clear hence thought there were two terrorists.Turned out only 1, IG ATS was quoted as saying by ANI.

3: 15 am: IG ATS Assem Arun also said the terrorist was a member of the ISIS Khorasan module and added that room is being checked for explosives

3: 10 am: IG ATS Aseem Arun said they tried to flush out terror suspect Saifullah with chilli bombs, but he fired back when they tried to enter and therefore they had to respond.

3:00 am: The encounter has ended and a dead body has been recovered, ADG Law and Order Daljit Chaudhary was quoted as saying by ANI.

1: 20 am: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chauhan claimed that the ISIS terrorists were responsible for the train blast yesterday and added that they even sent photo of the planted bomb to Syria.

12: 10 am: According to ANI, DGP Javeed Ahmed has called again a meeting of ADG and other senior ATS and STF officials as operation is underway.

12: 00 am: Operation underway as intermittent short bursts of heavy firing continue, ANI reports.

11: 00 pm: ADG Law and Order Daljit Chaudhary confirmed the presence of two terror suspects as operation is underway. “We thought initially that there is one youth inside, but there are two. Trying to arrest them as soon as possible,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.

10: 50 pm:

9:12 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks to DGP UP Javeed Ahmed and takes stock of the ongoing operation in Lucknow.

(Source: ANI photo)

8:32 pm: Two terror suspects held in Kanpur, one in Etawah: ADG.

8:31 pm: Holed up terror suspect might have links with ISIS: ADG (Law and Order) Daljit Chaudhary.

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8:30 pm: According to India Today, NSG has been kept at standby.

8:15 pm: “We are alert. We have sounded an alert all over the country,” Union Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Ahir said. He said the Uttar Pradesh Police was doing a commendable job to nab the terrorist holed up in a house in Kakori area in the outskirts of Lucknow.

8:12 pm: Anti-terror operation still underway in Lucknow.

7:18 pm: A restrained Operation managed by senior officers. Need few more hours to finish the Operation. Want to investigate the suspect in detail: ADG Law & Order

6:45 pm: Shared information with central agencies,encounter going on in UP. This was a major terrorist attack, motive under investigation: B Singh, Home Minister, MP.

6.37 pm: Here is quick recap of the operation: ATS units conducted raids in Lucknow’s Thakurganj after receiving specific inputs about a suspect involved in a terror case. The suspect opened fire at the security personnel after an ATS party knocked at the door of his residence. Inspector General of ATS says the suspect has stocked the house with arms and ammunition. Efforts to make him surrender peacefully have failed. Chilli bombs were also used to flush him out of the place. He has been firing intermittently, the IG added.

6.22 pm: Madhya Pradesh IG (Law & Order), Makrand Devaska, who earlier confirmed that the Bhopal-Ujjain train blast was an act of terror, told news agency ANI that the blast was low in intensity. “IED is always a terrorist attack. Three detained for their involvement.”

6.20 pm: News agency ANI reports that a total of 20 rounds were fired in the operation and an ambulance was called in.

6.17 pm: There are reports coming in that the operation has come to an end. It is unclear whether the suspected terrorist has been captured or shot dead. There has been no official confirmation so far.

6.16 pm: Security forces corner suspected terrorist holed up inside a building.

6.00 pm: Madhya Pradesh’s IG Law & order, Makrand Devaskar confirms that the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train blast that took place today morning was a terrorist attack.

5.46 pm: Deferred visuals from the site of encounter.

5.31 pm: Visuals from the CCTV footage obtained by a few news channels show two suspects getting off a bus at a toll plaza. One of the suspects was seen carrying a heavy rucksack.

5.27 pm: TV reports suggest that today’s blast inside an Ujjain-bound passenger train could be the handiwork of the same suspect hiding inside a building in Takurganj. The blast, which happened sometime between 9.30 and 10.30 am, injured more than six passengers. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said he was personally monitoring the relief operations. A compensation of Rs 50,000 was announced for those critically injured in the blast.

5.17 pm: ADG (Law & Order) briefed the media over the counter terror operation.

“Had received inputs about presence of some suspects in Kanpur and Lucknow. Our senior officials  carried out searches. One suspect was arrested from Kanpur, the second one is inside a building in Thakurganj. He has not come out yet.  The suspect inside the building is possibly from Lucknow, we suspect that he is carrying weapons. Hope to arrest him soon, will interrogate thereafter,” he said.

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