Cops foil terror bid on RSS HQ
Three terrorists, equipped with AK-47s, were gunned down by the police in Nagpur. RSS at a glance | The LeT's jihadindia Updated: Jun 01, 2006 20:46 IST
A major attempt to attack the RSS headquarters in Nagpur was foiled when three heavily-armed militants were shot dead in an encounter with the police while trying to enter the heavily-guarded sprawling premises in the wee hours on Thursday.
RSS Chief KS Sudharshan was not present at the headquarters when the militants dressed as Police Sub-Inspectors and travelling in a white ambassador car with a red beacon light tried to pass through the barricade but were challenged by policemen deployed there.
Police suspects the militants belong to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba. Three AK-56 rifles, five kgs of RDX and 14 hand grenades were recovered from the slain militants after the encounter that took place around 4 am about 100 metres away from the headquarters.
The militants were in the age group of 20-22 years.
|The scene of LeT attack on Thursday|
The terrorists were carrying RDX in a tiffin box and they were planning to blast the entire complex, official sources said.
Giving details of the encounter, City Police Commissioner SPS Yadav told reporters at the site that a police team gave chase to their vehicle after they broke the first barrier about 200 metres from the headquarters.
When challenged by the police, they opened fire from their AK-56 rifles, he said, adding the trio was killed in retaliatory firing.
Yadav said two police officer were injured in the encounter which lasted for about five minutes. The condition of one of the injured was stated to be serious.
The identities of the three are yet to be established, police said.
First Published: Jun 01, 2006 08:22 IST