The Uttar Pradesh (UP) police on Tuesday said they were in the process of informing the Pakistani embassy about the death of two of its "nationals" and demanding it take back the bodies. The two suspected suicide attackers -- Farooq and Abu Ismail - were allegedly killed in an encounter in Noida on Sunday.
The move came as aspersions were being cast on the genuineness of the encounter. However, officials who supervised the anti-terror operation rebutted such allegations.
Noida police's Deputy Superintendent of police R.N. Mishra told HT: "The police are in the process of informing the Pakistani embassy, via the Home Ministry, about Sunday's encounter." Mishra added: "We will ask them to take the bodies of Farooq and Abu Ismail."
Regarding allegations that the encounter could be fake, he said: "Investigations are still on by the ATS (Anti Terrorism Squad). A magisterial inquiry will bring out the facts."
When HT asked UP police's Additional Director General of police (law and order, crime) Brij Lal how the ATS managed to track the alleged terrorists' movements since no mobile /satellite phones were recovered, he said: "This is not the type of information that we can share with the media."
Lal added, "We had impeccable information that the two men were Pakistani terrorists and were on a major terror mission. However, we have not found any links with 26/11 attacker Mohammed Ajmal Kasab though he and Farooq were from the same district, Okara in Punjab province."
According to Lal, "The investigation has brought out facts that leave no scope for any doubt over the genuineness of the encounter."
ATS chief Inspector General of police A.K. Jain, when asked if the encounter was a fake one, shot back: "It is doctored by the media. It should demand a judicial inquiry. For media, no encounter is genuine unless policemen are killed".
(Inputs: Pankaj Jaiswal)