Amidst the volatile situation prevailing across the border, BSF on Friday handed over the dead body of dreaded terrorist Mohammad Baksh alias Noora to the Pakistan Rangers.
Baksh alias Noora, a sharpshooter of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, was killed in an encounter with the Uttar Pradesh police four days ago.
Indian officials from separate security agencies told the Hindustan Times that this is the first time that Pakistan has received the dead body of a citizen responsible for spreading terror in its neighbouring country. In several other cases in the past, Pakistani authorities had refused to take back the bodies of its terror strikers in India.
Arrested for possessing a fake passport in November 2005, Noora was involved in an attack on Dawood's archrival Chhota Rajan. Since then he was lodged in Naini central Jail in Allahabad. On December 24, he was brought to Lucknow for a hearing of the case. As soon as he was taken out of a jail in Lucknow, a number of motorcycle-borne youths tried to help Noora escape.
Inspector General, Special Task Force, Shailja Kant Mishra was quoted saying that some unidentified persons hurled a crude bomb at the van carrying Noora and gave him a pistol with which he started firing and tried to flee. He was killed in the exchange of fire.
Police inspector Bhanu Pratap Singh and a constable were also injured in the encounter. UP police sub-inspectors SL Verma and Ramdhin Singh, who had brought the dead body to hand it over to Pakistan, said he was facing a number of cases of looting, murder, kidnapping and extortion.