1. Lucknow shootout: Congress slams PM Narendra Modi over lax security, calls it ‘total intelligence failure’

Lucknow shootout: Congress slams PM Narendra Modi over lax security, calls it ‘total intelligence failure’

A day after security forces killed a terrorists an Islamic State-backed terrorists, the Congress today questioned the timing of the incident and said that it was a total intelligence failure.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 8, 2017 4:29 PM
PC Chacko asks how could the incident happen at a time when the prime minister and several Union ministers were present in the state. (ANI)

A day after security forces killed a terrorists an Islamic State-backed terrorists, the Congress today questioned the timing of the incident and said that it was a total intelligence failure. Speaking to ANI, senior party leader PC Chacko said that if the incident could occur on the eve of an election, then it could happen anywhere anytime in the country.
Hitting out at PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, he also added that the situation was so serious that both did not have any control of things. Expressing concern over the intelligence failure, he asked how could the incident happen at a time when the prime minister and several Union ministers were present in the state.

On Wednesday morning, Madhya Pradesh police reported that they have arrest 6 members of ISIS module. The police have reportedly recovered 8 pistols and an ISIS flag from these members. The police have also recovered an Indian and Israel flag while 4 other members of the organisation are reported to be on the run. A total of 11-12 members were suspected to be a part of the organisation and were found with bomb-making material which signals at a major terrorist activity against India.

This is the second incident involving ISIS members in the country in two days after a major anti-terror operation was carried out by anti-terror squad and Lucknow police on Tuesday. During this incident, a terrorist was found holed up in a house and his accomplice was found outside somewhere. The event took place at Thakurganj locality which is on the outskirts of Lucknow. The battle between forces and ISIS member continued for more than 10 hours.

The man was identified as ISIS Khorasan module terrorist and was gunned down in Thakurganj operation. Pistol, revolver, ammunition and knife were among the things recovered after the incident. A complete schedule of the day was also recovered from him.

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Uttar Pradesh is currently going through assembly elections with the counting of votes to be done on 11th March. Over the past one week, many top political leaders of the country including PM Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and BJP President Amith Shah have addressed rallies in various parts of the state. A terrorist conspiracy reported at such a crucial time is a thing of concern for both the local police as well as the anti-terrorist squad.

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