A Lucknow Terror suspect believed to be part of a group that was planning major terror attack in UP was found dead last night after 12-hour operation to capture him alive at a house in the outskirts of Lucknow.
Terror Suspect named Saifullah was found dead by Anti-Terror Squad when they blew up a wall to enter the house in Thakurganj last night.
He was reported to be an active member of Terrorist organization ISIS and was also believed to be involved in a train blast in Madhya Pradesh that held yesterday.
The ISIS flag along with the bomb used in the blast was allegedly assembled in the house.
The operation began around 3.30 pm yesterday when reports emerged that the police were hunting for two terror suspects hiding in the house. At 6 pm, the police said it would be over in a few hours, but the stand-off stretched into dawn.
The police tried to negotiate with the suspect for hours to get him to surrender and even got him to speak to his brother.
His brother asked him to surrender on a phone call, to which he said he would rather die than surrender.
Chilli bombs were used to draw the suspect out of the building but nothing worked.
Anti-terror squad officer Mr Aseem Arun told that “Eight pistols, 650 rounds of ammunition, 50 fired rounds, explosives, gold, cash, passports, SIM cards and a train timetable were found along with the body. The danger was grave, but we managed to avert it… Had we caught him alive, we would have extracted more information, but we had no choice.”
He added, “The slain terror suspect belongs to the Khurasan module of the ISIS and was an active member. Whether he has been indoctrinated or not is a matter of investigation”.
The senior Police officer Daljit Chaudhary told reporters, “In the darkness, we suspected there were two terror suspects. After opening the doors of the house, the force went inside and found the suspect dead along with weapons”.
The police said Saifullah was believed to be involved in the explosion on a train travelling from Ujjain to Bhopal on Tuesday morning, in which nine people were injured.