2 ultras, cop killed in encounter

HYDERABAD: Two suspected terrorists, having links with Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), who were involved in a shoot-out at Suryapet Hi-Tech Bus Station on Thursday, were killed in an encounter with the police while they were trying to escape on a motor-cycle in Nalgonda district on Saturday morning.

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  • SI critically wounded in Suryapet incident
  • DGP visits the spot, says it is inter-state gang from UP

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One police constable Nagarju was killed and a Circle Inspector and a Sub-Inspector sustained bullet injuries in today’s incident. The condition of Sub-Inspector Siddaiah is stated to be critical with four bullet injuries, including one pierced into his brain. The condition of Circle Inspector Bala Gangi Reddy is stable. Both were brought to Kamineni Hospital at LB Nagar and undergoing treatment.

It may be mentioned here that suspected inter-State armed gangsters fired at a police party during routine checking at the bus station in Suryapet on Thursday in which police constable M. Lingaiah and a Home Guard K. Mahesh were killed. One Circle Inspector Moghaliah was also injured in the shoot-out. The fleeing assailants also shot at a civilian proceeding in a car along with his family on the highway a few km away.

After the incident at the bus station, police formed special teams and  launched a vigorous manhunt in the entire Nalgonda district and also in the neighbouring districts. Police were confident that the escaped assailants would not have left Nalgonda district because of the fact they had snatched away a Sten Carbine  weapon from the police and it would not be possible for them to disappear for long and remain undetected carrying the weapon.

Under the supervision of senior officers like the DIG, SP and DGP Anurag Sharma, police spread a dragnet in Nalgonda district and began combing operations to nab the culprits. During the search in the district, police received information that some suspicious characters were taking shelter in a Dargah at Arvapally near Janakipuram. But before the police could reach the place on Friday night, the suspects seeing the police party escaped on a motor-cycle.

The police stepped up manhunt for the fleeing suspects. On Saturday morning, the fleeing suspects were spotted by a police party at a place close to Janakipuram of Mothkur Mandal. The suspects tried to make their escape good by opening fire sparking the encounter. The fleeing suspects opened fire at the police chasing them in a vehicle killing the constable and injuring the Sub-Inspector. In the exchange of fire between the suspects and the police, the Circle Inspector was injured and the two suspects were also killed and their bodies were recovered in the nearby bushes.

Police reinforcements rushed to the encounter stop and found bodies of the two assailants, who were later identified as Aslam and Jakeer, who were involved in the shoot-out at Suryapet bus station on Thursday night.  The police also recovered a stolen Sten Carbine and two pistols. Soon after the information reached the State headquarters, DGP Anurag Sharma and other senior officials rushed to the encounter spot.

While the DGP confirmed that two persons killed in today’s encounter were the same, who were involved in Thursday shoot-out at Suryapet. He also said they definitely belonged to an inter-State gang from Uttar Pradesh. However, he did not say whether the dead persons were terrorists except stating that investigations to ascertain their links with terror groups are on

However, informed sources disclosed the police have identified the two dead persons as the two among the five terrorists, who had escaped  from Khandwa Jail of UP last year. These escapees from the jail were stated to have links with SIMI outfit. It is also suspected that these five escapees from the UP jail were involved in a series of dacoities and bank robberies. As a matter of fact, the two dead persons in today’s encounter were stated to have been involved in a bank robbery in Karimnagar district and also dacoity in few other places.

Both the injured Circle Inspector and Sub-Inspector were brought to the city and admitted in Kamineni Hospital. While the condition of the CI is stated to be stable, doctors said, the SI’s position is very critical as he had received as many as four bullet injuries. One bullet was still imbedded in the brain and doctors are trying to perform an operation. The SI also received bullet injuries in the head, chest and abdomen. (NSS)

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