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We Have No Evidence Yet of any ISIS Link: UP Police on Lucknow Encounter

Scotching rumours, the UP Police ruled out the suspected ISIS hand in the anti-terror operation in Lucknow. The operation which began in the afternoon on Tuesday ended early Wednesday morning.

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Updated:March 8, 2017, 7:17 PM IST
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We Have No Evidence Yet of any ISIS Link: UP Police on Lucknow Encounter
Uttar Pradesh Anti Terror Squad personnel take positions during their operation against a suspected terrorist holed up inside a building in the Thakurganj area of Lucknow on Tuesday evening (PTI Photo)

Lucknow: Scotching rumours, the UP Police ruled out the suspected ISIS hand in the anti-terror operation in Lucknow. The operation which began in the afternoon on Tuesday ended early Wednesday morning.

"We have no such evidence yet of any ISIS link," said Daljit Chaudhary, ADG, Law and Order.

The UP Police claim that the alleged terrorist, Saifullah, was a self-radicalised operative. The police said Saifullah 'read radical literature and watched bomb-making videos online'.

"Eight pistols, more than 600 cartridges, bomb making instruments, pellets, timers, wires etc were recovered," said Daljit Chaudhary, ADG, Law and Order.

According to the police, 45 grams gold and foreign currency were also recovered form the terror operation site.

Earlier, Sartaj, the father of Saifullah, refused to take the body of the 'traitor'.

"What he has done is not in national interest. We will not the take the dead body of such traitor," Sartaj told reporters.

"A traitor cannot be my son. We are Indians, we were born in India, our forefathers have been born in India. One who works against this country is not my son," he said.

Reportedly, Saifullah had told the family that he was going to Mumbai to get a visa for Saudi Arabia, where he wanted to go and get some experience in the leather industry.

He had taken the Aadhar card, passport and other papers before leaving three months back, Saifullah's elder brother told reporters, adding that he did not answer calls thereafter and his mobile phone was usually switched off. He had studied accounts and was a deeply religious youth who offered namaaz five times every day.

A National Investigative Agency (NIA) team arrived earlier in the day to take the probe forward. The NIA will look into the items recovered from slain Saifullah's hideout, where he was killed by the Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorism Squad in an 11-hour-long gunfight.

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