In a pre-dawn encounter,two suspected Pakistani terrorists,trying to enter Delhi from Ghaziabad,were on Sunday killed and an Uttar Pradesh ATS personnel was injured in Noida,a day before the Republic Day celebrations.
The incident took place at 2.35 am at sector 97 near UNITECH plot after the terrorists,travelling in a white Maruti car,opened fire on the ATS team,leading to an exchange of fire between the two sides.
“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),” UP Additional Director General of Police Brij Lal told a press conference in Lucknow.
“Two AK-47 assault rifles,four magazines,120 rounds of ammunition,five hand-grenades,nine suspected RDX rods,detonators,a Pakistani passport and Rs 18,000 were recovered from the terrorists,” Lal said.
“The passport recovered from Farooq bears the name Ali Ahmed,resident of Rahimyaar Khan in Pakistan,” the ADGP said,adding some documents like identity cards and diaries were also recovered from them.
“We are verifying the documents,” he said.
The officer said the ATS team had been working for the past one month on a terrorist module and around midnight on Saturday night,it got the information that the two persons,equipped with AK-47 rifles,in a white Maruti car were trying to enter Delhi from Lalkuan in Ghaziabad.
The ATS unit deployed at Amity outpost saw the suspected vehicle coming at around 2.15 am and tried to stop it,on which the terrorists opened fire at the team,he said.
In the retaliatory fire,the two terrorists and an ATS personnel Vinod Kumar Singh were injured,Lal said.
The ATS team was also assisted by the Noida police during the operation.
The injured were rushed to the hospital,where the two terrorists were declared brought dead by the doctors,the officer said,noting that the constable was out of danger.
“We are probing what the terrorists were up to and who were their local contacts,” the ADGP said.
The UP police was already on high alert in the run up to the Republic Day celebrations,he said.