2 TERRORISTS KILLED, 2 FLEE, 1 ARRESTED
2 TERRORISTS KILLED, 2 FLEE, 1 ARRESTED IN DELHI ENCOUNTER
News Delhi September 19:
Terror once again came to haunt the national capital on Friday. In an encounter in the Jamia Nagar locality in South Delhi two militants were killed by the Special Cell of Delhi Police while another was arrested.
However, two terrorists managed to escape according to Karnail Singh, Joint Police Commissioner. Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chandra Sharma and Head Constable Balwant were also injured. The encounter began at around 11.15 am and lasted 45 minutes.
The terrorists were believed to have been holed up on the fourth floor of house number L-18, behind Khalilullah mosque in the Batla House area. About 150 policemen cordoned off the area while a crack team of National Security Guards also reached the spot. Meanwhile, Home Minister Shivraj Patil has rushed to the police headquarters to oversee the operation.
Police sources say that the militants are possibly a part of the team that carried out the recent serial bomb blasts in Delhi. Sources said the encounter began when police went to the area and was looking for one Atiq, said to be a key associate of SIMI activist Abdul Subhan alias Tauqeer, who is believed to be behind the Ahmedabad blasts and also wanted in connection with the Delhi terror strike.
While Atiq alias Bashir was killed in the shoot out along with one Khudib Fakrruddin. Both are believed to have had a hand in Ahmedabad blasts. Another terrorist Mohammed Saif has been arrested. He is injured. The police have recovered incriminating documents, CDs and ammunition.
Two other militants who managed to escape from the rear exit of the building and are at large. The entire police machinery is conducting search operations at the moment. All borders to Delhi have been sealed. As per police sources the killed miltants belonged to Azamgarh in UP. Incidentally, Bashir also hails from the same area.
Police also confirmed that prime accused Tauqeer also used to live in this area before he disappeared in 2001. Media reports suggest that the tip off about militants being entrenched in the area came from Abu Bashir, who was brought to Delhi yesterday for interrogation. He is believed to have revealed a total of three hideouts.
The presence of militants in the heart of Delhi, points to serious lapses in the security apparatus. Incidentally, SIMIís national headquarters is located in the same area before it was closed down following its ban in 2001.