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Gunbattle In Delhi Area

Gunbattle In Delhi Area

Publication: The Asian Age
Dated: February 5, 2007

Introduction: * 4 jaish terrorists held * 50 rounds exchanged * rdx recovered * Warning in letters: If Afzal Guru hanged, city to blow up

The special cell of the Delhi Police has claimed to have arrested four alleged Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists - one Pakistani national and three Kashmiris - after an encounter in which about 50 rounds of bullets were fired from both the sides. However, no one was injured in the cross-firing and all the terrorists were arrested.

The police also claimed to have recovered three kilos of RDX, four detonators, one timer, six hand-grenades, and US$10,000 and Rs 50,000 in cash from the terrorists. The arrested terrorists have been identified as Shahid Gafur, a resident of Sialkot in Pakistan; and Basheer Ahmed, Faiyaz Lone and Abdul Mazid, all residents of Kashmir, said Mr Karnal Singh, joint commissioner of police, special cell.

The recovery and arrests are important in the light of some letters having surfaced in New Delhi on Saturday threatening to blow up the capital if Afzal Guru, the convict in the Parliament attack case, was hanged.

Mr Singh said that a trap was laid to arrest the four near the Ranjit Singh flyover on Minto Road at around 9 pm on the basis of a tip off. When the four were identified, they were asked to surrender but Shahid Gafur, who was carrying a weapon, opened fire at the police and tried to escape.

The police team, which was fully prepared for the operation, opened fire in retaliation and about 50 rounds of fire were exchanged. No one was injured in the firing and all the terrorists were cornered in such a way by the police team that they were forced to surrender, Mr Karnal Singh told reporters later.

Mr Singh added that all the four had been taken into custody and were being interrogated. "Right now it is not clear from where they had come and what was their target. It is not known whether they had come to trigger the explosives in the capital or were just conduits who had come to deliver it to the executioners. We are also trying to find out their hideouts and contacts in the capital," said Mr Singh.

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