Delhi, neighbourhood on high alert after Noida shootout

January 25th, 2009 - 12:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) A high alert was sounded in New Delhi and its neighbouring areas after two suspected Pakistani terrorists were killed in a gun battle with the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror squad (ATS) in the Noida suburb early Sunday.The incident took place at 2.15 a.m. in Noida’s Sector 97 when the suspected terrorists, who were travelling in a white Maruti 800 car, were intercepted. A gun battle ensued. The injured terrorists were taken to hospital where they were declared brought dead, police said.

“An alert has been sounded in the wake of the morning’s incident,” Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat told IANS.

Security has been beefed up at sensitive points, including the Metro and railway stations and crowded market places.

Additional police personnel have been deployed along with bomb disposal squads at Delhi Metro stations, railway stations and inter-state bus terminals. Extra security cover has been extended to all the religious places in the capital, Bhagat said.

Barricades have been put up at various intersections and sniffer dogs are deployed at railway stations. Metal detectors have also been placed at entry points of many busy markets, he added.

Two AK-47s, five hand grenades, RDX, detonators, Pakistani passports and Rs.18,000 in cash were recovered from the suspected terrorists, Additional Director General (Uttar Pradesh ATS) Brij Lal said at a press conference in Lucknow.

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