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Lucknow: Airport, railway station on high alert after terror siege

LIVE Suspected ISIS operative cornered in Lucknow `wants to attain martyrdom` linked with MP train explosion

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Tuesday launched an operation against a suspected terrorist in the densely populated Thakurganj area of Lucknow, police said.

The ATS operation came hours before the final phase of polling in Assembly election covering 40 seats in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Commandoes of paramilitary forces were being rushed to assist the ATS and the local police.

"He had been living there for the past two months", Arun said.

At least eight persons were injured today in a blast in the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train. Police sources in Uttar Pradesh, which concludes seven days of voting tomorrow, spoke of an ISIS cell, but did not elaborate.Home Minister Rajnath Singh has been briefed about the operation in Lucknow, described by police sources "as very restrained". DGP Javeed Ahmed said a high alert has been sounded across the state. "We had thought initially that there is one youth inside, but there are two.We are trying to arrest them as soon as possible", Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Daljeet said.

According to locals, around 3.30 pm, over 30 policemen started getting houses vacated in the locality.

IG and Inspector General of the ATS is leading the operation. Ahmad said MP police had earlier arrested three persons in connection with a train blast in Shajapur area of MP and were identified as Danish Akhtar (Kanpur), Sayyed Meer Hussain alias Hamza of Aligarh and Atish Muzaffar alias Al Qasim of Kanpur.

The ATS is waiting till the terror suspects run out of their ammunition, before they barge inside.

He added that the suspect inside the building is possibly from Lucknow and is suspected to have weapons. Shots have been fired from both sides and security forces have even used chilly bombs in an effort to smoke him out.

"When the police knocked the door (of the house where the suspects are holed up), they closed the door", he said.

The Railways has viewed the incident seriously and beefed up security, according to a statement issued by the Railway Ministry.