3 Lashkar ultras killed
THREE LASHKAR-e-Tayyeba militants, including one believed to be involved in yesterday?s twin blasts in Varanasi, were killed in separate encounters with the police in Delhi and Lucknow early this morning.Updated: Mar 09, 2006 01:46 IST
THREE LASHKAR-e-Tayyeba militants, including one believed to be involved in yesterday’s twin blasts in Varanasi, were killed in separate encounters with the police in Delhi and Lucknow early this morning.
While two terrorists were killed in an encounter with the police in Bawana area of North West Delhi, another militant, identified as Salar was gunned down in as joint operation by UP Special Task Force and J and K Police in Gosainganj on the outskirts of Lucknow. In Delhi, between the two LeT terrorists killed was Ghulam Yazdani, who was suspected to be involved in the Vijayadashmi attack on the Special Task Force office in Hyderabad.
Yazdani, a Bangladeshi national, and his colleague were gunned down in Bawana area by a team of Special Cell sleuths at around 5.45 am, joint commissioner (special cell) Karnal Singh said.
One AK-56 assault rifle, two Lugar pistols, four grenades, four kg PETN explosive, fake currency and a Bangladeshi SIM card were recovered from their possession. Several rounds of ammunition were also recovered from the duo.
Additional SP (ASP) STF Rajesh Pandey led the Lucknow encounter. The cops, however, are yet to corroborate Salar’s involvement in triggering off explosions in Varanasi yesterday. Salar reportedly was on his way to Lucknow, probably from Varanasi when the STF team laid a trap on Sultanpur Road following tip-off by Jammu &Kashmir Police. Salar, a native of Nalia Bakhal locality, Mahakal police circle of Ujjain district, Madhya Pradesh, was wanted in over two dozens cases, including those of kidnapping, murders and terrorist activities in Ratlam and Bhopal (MP), Jaipur, Delhi and UP since 1988.
The cops recovered a Pakistan make .30 bore pistol, 2.5 kg of RDX, four detonators and fuse wires used in triggering off explosions.
ASP Pandey and his team worked on the information passed on to them by the J&K police and traced Salar moving in a vehicle on Sultanpur Road.
The STF sleuths chased the vehicle and spotted Salar stepping out near Indira Canal at Gosainganj. The cops made an attempt to catch him but Salar whipped out a pistol and opened fire. The policemen too retaliated spraying Salar with bullets. Talking to Hindustan Times, ASP Pandey said the details forwarded by J&K, MP and Delhi police revealed that Salar was known by different names as Salar alias Sufi Ahmed alias Amir Ahmed alias Pawan alias Babu Bhai Masale Wale alais Sutul Islam alias Tarhuz alias Allah O Akbar at various places. He had first joined Harqat-ul-Ansar at Ratlam in 1988 and was jailed under the Arms Act. He, however, had run away from police custody and was absconding since then.
ASP Pandey further said that Salar went to Harqat-ul-Ansar Headquarters in Anantnag, Kashmir where he met area commander Javed and Abdul Hameed Turkey Nazir in 1994. He later got engaged in militant activities. Salar, who also got complete militant training in Pakistan after joining LeT in the year 2000, also executed explosions in Dausa, Rajasthan and hurled bomb at a BJP leader Ashok Baghel. The Delhi police had circulated pamphlets on Salar, which carried details about the terrorist. It also carried a warning for the common people which read:
“This man is dangerous and may be armed, public is advised not to challenge him.”