Bodies of two terrorists killed in Noida finally buriedJune 23rd, 2009 - 9:37 pm ICT by IANS
Noida, June 23 (IANS) The bodies of two terrorists killed in a gun battle in Noida in the early hours of Jan 26 - Republic Day - were buried Monday night, police said.
Police in Noida had preserved the bodies in a mortuary six months while waiting for Pakistani authorities to accept these. However, Pakistani authorities had refused to accept the two bodies, which would confirm they were Pakistani nationals.
Finally, the bodies of the two terrorists, identified by police as Abu Ismail and Ali Ahmad, were buried near Sector-94 Monday night.
Around 3 a.m. on Jan 26, a joint team of the Uttar Pradesh’s Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Noida police had gunned down the two in a gun battle.
The police recovered 2 AK-47 rifles, 4 magazines, 120 live cartridges, 5 hand grenades, 9 RDX rods (equivalent to 1.5 kg RDX), some detonators and Rs.18,000 in cash from their possession.
A Pakistani passport bearing the name of Farooq and an address in Rahim Yar Khan district in Pakistan’s Punjab province was recovered from Ali Ahmad, while a class X student identity card bearing the name of Sameer, issued from Shivan Modern Senior Secondary School at Pushta, New Usmanpur in Pakistan, was recovered from Abu Ismail.
The Noida police requested the Ministry of External Affairs to ask Pakistan to accept their bodies. At the same time, some Muslim organisations of Noida came forward and vowed not to let the Pakistani terrorists’ be buried on Indian soil, particularly at any place in Noida.
“We waited for six months for authorities in Pakistan to come and claim their bodies but no one came forward. At last we had to do it on our own, as the bodies were decomposing,” Noida’s Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ashok Kumar said.