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Delhi: 5 suspected Islamists, Khalistanis arrested after encounter

Five men belonging to different terrorist organisations have been apprehended after a shootout in east Delhi on 7 December, the Delhi Police’s special cell said. The exchange of fire took place in the national capital’s Shakarpur area around 7 AM.

Two of those held are from Punjab while three are from Kashmir, deputy commissioner of police of the special cell Pramod Kushwaha said. “The operation happened around 7 AM in the Shakarpur area. The five were caught after an exchange of bullets with our special cell officials. “We have apprehended five persons after an exchange of fire. Weapons and other incriminating material have also been recovered from their possession,” he said.

Some of them are suspected to have links with terror groups but this is being verified, he said, adding that further investigation is underway.

On being asked about the identities of the apprehended persons and the terror groups they are associated with, the Kushwaha said that the investigation is at an early stage and all information related to the suspects is being verified.

Reports say that the five arrested men have links to Khalistan. Police have also recovered weapons and other incriminating materials from them. Besides, police have also seized rugs from the possession.

They have been identified as Shabbir Ahmed, Ayub Pathan and Riyaz rather (all from Kashmir). The remaining two are Gurjeet Singh and Sukhdeep Singh (both from Punjab).

“The group was backed by ISI for narcoterrorism. The name of the terror organisation is yet to be confirmed,” news agency quoted Delhi Police as saying.

Meanwhile, the city police have stepped up vigil and intensified checks following the arrest of suspected terrorists.

According to police, one of the five arrested men is involved in the assassination of Shaurya Chakra winner Balwinder Singh in Punjab.

Shakarpur is one of the neighbourhoods in east Delhi. It is situated between Laxmi Nagar and Mayur Vihar.

Earlier in November, the Special Cell of Delhi Police had arrested two suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed operatives near Sarai kale Khan.

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