Thakurganj operation: ATS, Police top brass in huddle as encounter underway

Lucknow [India], Mar. 8 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Director-General of Police (DGP) Javeed Ahmad called a meeting of the Additional Director General of Police and other senior officials from the Anti-Terrorism Squad and the Special Task Force again, with the operation underway in the thickly-populated Thakurganj area of Lucknow to smoke out a terrorist.

Hours before the penultimate phase of polling in the seven-phase Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, a suspected terrorist on Tuesday was cornered in Thakurganj.

The man refused to surrender to the police and the operation at the Haji colony is underway.

"We were informed that few suspects were lodged in Kanpur and Lucknow. The police and senior officials of the ATS went in the search. The suspect who was found in Kanpur has been arrested. The second suspect has holed himself up in a house in the Thakurganj area of Lucknow. The operation is still on to get him out of the house," Additional Director General (ADG) of Police of Uttar Pradesh Daljeet Choudhary told ANI.

"We believe this man is a resident of Lucknow. The tip-off that we received came from outside the state. We also suspect him of possessing weapons. We will try our best to bring this operation to its logical end as soon as possible," he added.

ADG Choudhary also said that they only suspect the presence of just one inside the house. The suspect, said to have fired shots at security forces, has holed himself up in a house.

"We have been working on the tip-off, but, as far as the linkages and modules are concerned, the details can only reveal once we get hold of the person. For now, we suspect the presence of just one in the building," ADG Choudhary said.

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) commandoes are trying to catch the person alive.

The incident comes close on the heels of a blast on a Bhopal-Ujjain train in which at least eight people were injured. (ANI)