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2 suspected Pak terrorists killed in Noida
Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service

Officials of the Uttar Pradesh police check the spot where two armed terrorists were killed in an encounter in Noida on Sunday.
Officials of the Uttar Pradesh police check the spot where two armed terrorists were killed in an encounter in Noida on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Lucknow, January 25
Thwarting possible trouble in the national capital on the occasion of the Republic Day, a joint team of the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and the Noida police shot down two suspected Pakistani terrorists in Noida today morning.

Two AK-47s, five hand grenades, 1 kg RDX, 120 live cartridges, Rs 18,000 in cash, detonators and a rucksack have been recovered from a white Maruti 800 car in which they were trying to sneak in. The chassis number of the car had been erased.

The police is investigating the organisation to which the two owed allegiance and the reason for their trying to enter Delhi on the eve of Republic Day, declared ADG (Law and Order) Brijlal.

Around 02.35 am the ATS on a tip-off asked a white Maruti car bearing registration number UP 14-E-9531 to stop. Instead the occupants fired on the policemen forcing the ATS to retaliate in which the two alleged militants were critically wounded. They were taken to hospital where the doctors declared them brought dead, informed Brijlal.

ATS constable Vinod Kumar Singh also suffered injuries in the encounter. The police have described his condition as stable.

Among the documents recovered from the car is a Pakistani passport belonging to one of the alleged terrorists. The police has been trying to investigate the contact numbers mentioned in the documents and diaries found in the car. An evidently fake identity card bearing the name of Sameer Choudhury has also been recovered.

According to the ADG, the two alleged militants have been identified as Farooq, alias Ali Ahmad, resident of Rahim Yaar Khan in Pakistan, and Abu Ismail, resident of Rawalkot in Pakistan. The passport found in the car bears the name of Abu Ismail.

Brijlal said the ATS had received information that two persons, armed with AK-47s were travelling from Lal Kuan in Ghaziabad towards Delhi. “The ATS team intercepted the car near Mahamaya Inter College in Sector 97, Noida and tried to stop them, but the two opened fire which forced the ATS team to get back at them,” he said.

The ADG said the ATS team had been tracking the terrorist module for the past one and a half months. ATS was now trying to identify the local contacts and support enjoyed by the two terrorists.

However, the UP police did not confirm that the gunned down terrorists were of the same module that had attacked Mumbai on 26 November and escaped after the incident.

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