Shocked by the predawn encounter in Noida near Delhi this morning in which two suspected terrorists were killed, people in the suburb are still puzzled how the armed gunmen could have been in the vicinity.
"We do not believe that any terrorist or militant was staying in this area. These people might have came from other places," Pappu, who runs a tea stall in the locality, said.
The area has a large part of open land and few habitation, which has grown mostly in the last decade. The residents, some of them came from outside, are living as tenants.
The entire area was abandoned till a few years back and people only started residing here after the huge construction and multi-story buildings started coming-up in the area, he said.
As the city expanded and construction works in the area increased, labourers from other districts of Uttar Pradesh and peripheral areas started pouring in, mostly to work as tenants.
"There are some tenant, but their number is very minimal," Rajesh, a resident of Sabarpur area near here, said.
"We are daily labourers. We work here and go home in the evening. This is the first time we have seen such an incident happening in the area," Manish, a labourer working at an under-construction building said.
It's unbelievable that terrorists might have been roaming around the area, he exclaimed.
Earlier, in the pre-down encounter, two suspected Pakistani terrorists were gunned down by an Uttar Pradesh ATS team while the ultras were trying to enter Delhi, a day before the Republic day celebrations.