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UP ATS arrests 2 more suspects, one of them former IAF employee: ADG

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Thursday arrested two people in connection with Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train explosion and Lucknow terror operation. One of the arrested persons is a former Indian Air Force (IAF) employee.

“Two suspects – Azhar and Ghouse Mohammad Khan – were arrested in Kanpur,” Additional Director General (Law and Order) Daljit Singh Chawdhary said.

“One of the arrested persons is a former Indian Air Force employee,” he added.

They further added that their father’s long and unexplained absence from the house had left them puzzled too.

Azhar had earlier given the police a slip as a mob surrounded a police team which reached to arrest him at his shop in Rehmani Market on Monday evening.

The family resides in the same Jajmou area where the slain alleged terrorist Saifullah was gunned down after an encounter.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will probe the suspected terror cases, including the Lucknow encounter in which an alleged terrorist linked to a train blast was killed, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.

Uttar Pradesh police shot dead suspected terrorist Mohammad Saifullah on Wednesday and six suspects have been arrested by cops in Madhya Pradesh and UP on terror charges

Saifullah was suspected to be linked with the blast on the Bhopal-Ujjain train in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.

Two of the terror suspects, Mohammad Faisal Khan and Fakhre Alam, were arrested from their native places in Kanpur and Etawah.

Earlier on Wednesday, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in Bhopal that those behind the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train bomb blast suspected Islamic State links.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the Lok Sabha on Lucknow encounter and said the government is proud of terror suspect Saifullah’s father for refusing to accept ‘traitor’s’ body.

“Government is proud of Mohammed Sartaj (Saifullah’s father) and I am sure the entire House will be proud as he refused to take his body saying he betrayed his country,” Rajnath said.

Singh further read out Sartaj’s comments, “He said Jo desh ka na Huan, woh mera kya hua…(He couldn’t belong to the country, how can he be my son?).”

“The above sequence of events presents an excellent example of coordination amongst state police and central agencies. Due to the prompt action taken by the police of both the state, a possible threat to national security was successfully averted.”

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