Let terrorist Hamza killed in Delhi
Abu Hamza, a Pak national who was mastermind of several terror attacks, was gunned down near Nehru Stadium.india Updated: May 09, 2006 02:31 IST
A top Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, a Pakistani national who was the mastermind of several terror attacks in India, was gunned down in an encounter with Delhi police in New Delhi on Monday night and two of his accomplices were arrested.
Abu Hamza was killed in the encounter with Delhi police special cell sleuths near the Gate No 1 of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the busy South Delhi area.
Two hours before the encounter, police, acting on a tip off, arrested two of his accomplices from Nizamuddin Railway station at around 7 pm. and seized four kg RDX, four detonators and Rs 50,000 from their possession.
The interrogation of the duo revealed that Hamza was to meet them near the stadium to collect the ammunition and money.
Police then laid a trap near the stadium and asked him to surrender when he turned up in a white Santro car (HR-29 L 4457) car at about 9.20 pm.
Hamza, however, fired at the police, drawing retaliation. He was taken to AIIMS where he was declared brought dead.
Joint Commissioner of Police (special cell) Karnal Singh said the teams have been sent to Faridabad in neighbouring Haryana to get details about the car used by Hamza.
He said the Special Cell had been tracking the activities of the Lashkar-e-Taiba module for a few months.
Two terrorists, both Indian nationals, were arrested at the Hazarat Nizamuddin Railway Station as they alighted from the Mumbai-Amritsar Golden Temple Express.
Security has been tightened across the capital and raids were being conducted at various places to nab other associates of the LeT terrorists.
"We would not like to disclose the identity of the arrested persons at this juncture as it may affect our operation, which is still continuing," said DCP (special cell) Ajay Kumar.
First Published: May 08, 2006 21:50 IST