Addressing a press conference in Uttar Pradesh today, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Daljit Chaudhary said that near about 8 pistols, 630 cartridges, bomb-making instruments,pellets, timers and wires were recovered from the house in Haji Ali colony in Thakurganj where the terrorists were holed up. He also informed that 45 grams gold and foreign currency also recovered by the ATS team. Further commenting upon killed terrorist’s ISIS link, Chaudhary said “We have no such evidence yet of any ISIS link.”
Explaining the situation during the 12 hours long stand-off, Chaudhary said that the terrorist was asked to surrender, but he did not do so and responded by firing and thus we retaliated and killed him. 3 passports were also recovered from the spot. The ADG also confirmed that the suspect was a self proclaimed operative.
After 12 hours long encounter operation, the police earlier today informed that the terrorist was dead and the body was recovered. 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. Later confirming his death, Chaudhary said, “After opening the doors of the house (where the terrorist was holed up), the force went inside and found the suspect dead along with weapons.” Previously there were reports of two terrorists being holed up in the house, however, as it turned out, only one suspect was found dead along with weapons.
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With Uttar Pradesh that is on its verge of completing the Assembly polls, the security forces were fearing worst and were all guns to tackle the situations. As per sources at the spot, there was gunfire going on with both parties exchanging fire. However, there were no reports of anyone getting injured. An explosion too was reported at the spot during the stand-off. Police, in the meanwhile, was also questioning a number of suspects at that moment in an effort to find out the details about how and why the militant got into the city. The authorities also suspected that militant was linked to the explosion in the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train on March 7 morning. A mobile phone exploded, causing injury to as many as 10 people.