Lucknow/Bhopal, March 8: Even as the cops succeeded in eliminating a suspected terrorist Saifullah in Lucknow's Thakurganj area in a late Tuesday night encounter, nine persons were injured in a train blast in the morning. The blast was alleged to be a terrorist act.
According to reports, police have arrested at least six persons in anti-terror operations in Uttar Pradesh, while security operations were underway to finish the other two suspected ultras allegedly holed up inside a house on the outskirts of Lucknow.
Meanwhile, a low-intensity blast occurred on the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train on Tuesday morning injuring 9 onboard passengers.
The Madhya Pradesh Police arrested three suspects within hours of the blast. The threesome was arrested as they alighted the bus near Pipariya in Hoshangabad district. Their interrogation revealed the information about the location of their other accomplices in Kanpur and Lucknow.
This information was shared by the MP police with the central intelligence agencies and they passed it on to the UP police.
The three arrested near Pipariya were identified as Aatish Muzaffar alias Al Kasim, Danish Akhtar alias Jaffar (both from Kanpur), and Syed Mir Hussain alias Humza of Aligarh.
Those who were apprehended in Kanpur were identified as Mohd Faisal Khan, Mohd Imran alias Bhai (brothers from Kanpur), and Fakre Alam alias Rishu of Etawah. The police recovered a laptop, cell phones and videos and literature pertaining to the Islamic State.
These suspected terrorists were arrested in a sweep by the UP police who raided the area after the MP train blast.
Madhya Pradesh police acting swiftly on the tiff off apprehended the suspects as they alighted from a bus at Pipariya. and questioned them. They had boarded the bus from Nadra, a bus stand adjacent to Bhopal Railway station after allegedly planting an IED on the Bhopal-Ujjain train.
The blast occurred in a general coach of the train on Tuesday morning as it approached Jabdi railway station from Bhopal, informed Jitendra Kumar, Railway PRO. The coach was separated before the train resumed its onward journey.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan congratulated the state police. He tweeted that MP was an island of peace. Those who try to disturb its harmony will not be spared. Those responsible will be brought to justice".
State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said that the information gathered during the interrogation of three suspects was shared with the central intelligence. “We have now proved that terrorists can no longer hide in MP or any part of the country”.