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Triple success for Delhi police
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August 31, 2003 00:33 IST
Last Updated: August 31, 2003 01:27 IST
After Mumbai, terrorists seem to have set their sights on wrecking havoc in Delhi.
It was a busy Saturday for the Delhi police, which first seized a large amount of arms and ammunition, and then followed it up by intercepting an arms-laden truck and killing two terrorists.
In the morning around 21kg of gelatin sticks were found at the New Delhi railway station.
Deputy Commissioner (Crime and Railways) Dipendra Pathak said a case under the Explosives Act had been registered and investigations were on.
"After the Mumbai bomb blasts the police had mounted search operations in various parts of the capital. As part of this drive, constables Surinder Singh, Darpan Singh and Subash Chand were carrying out random checking of bags when they spotted a bag lying unclaimed under the stairs of platform number 6 and 7. They immediately alerted the bomb disposal squad and placed sandbags around the bag," Pathak said.
The bomb disposal squad confirmed there were 150 gelatin sticks in it.
Less than 12 hours later, the police intercepted a truck in Sadar Bazaar area and seized, among other things, 10 hand grenades, 10 grenade shells and one under barrel grenade launcher.
Three persons -- driver Pervez Ahmed, cleaner Farooq Ahmed and one Noor Mohammed Tantrey were arrested. They divulged that the consignment were meant for two terrorists, Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Neeraj Kumar said.
A couple of hours later, at around 2330 IST, the two terrorists -- who belonged to the Jaish-e-Mohammed and were identified as Zahoor Abbas of Pakistan and Habibullah -- were killed in Indraprastha Park near Nizamuddin Bridge, Kumar said.
An AK-56 rifle, two magazines with 30 rounds each, a loaded Chinese pistol and Rs 200,000 were seized, he said, adding they were travelling in a Maruti car.
The Jaish also lost 5 other members on Saturday -- but that was in Srinagar, and among those killed was the outfit's second-in-command Ghazi Baba, who had masterminded the December 13, 2001, terrorist attack on Parliament.