Lucknow encounter: Proud of Saifullah's father, Rajnath Singh says in Parliament

"The entire country is proud of him", Rajnath Singh said while briefing Lok Sabha over Lucknow encounter and rising ISIS activities in the country. An ISIS-backed terrorist was killed in a major anti-terror operation carried out jointly by the anti-terror squad and Lucknow police in the state capital, .

On Tuesday, the group unleashed the first-ever ISIS attack in India - injuring 10 people aboard a passenger train in Madhya Pradesh with a low-intensity bomb, according to TOI.

"Proud of father that refused to take his son's body in national interest", the minister said in Lok Sabha.

"A traitor can't be our son".

Taking his address further, Singh also informed that six arrests have been made so far in the case and eight pistols, 630 live cartridges, 3 mobile phones, 4 sim cards and foreign currency have been seized.

The minister said the he showed sympathy to Sartaj, and urged the House to express the same.

Saifullah's father refused to accept his body on Wednesday at their home in Kanpur and denounced him as a traitor.

Police said they ended a almost 12-hour stand-off in the early hours by storming the house where the suspect, identified as Saifullah, was holed up in northern Uttar Pradesh state.

Uttar Pradesh Police (ADG UP) Daljeet Chaudhary said the youth was self-radicalised and was influenced by "literature".

Madhya Pradesh Police coordinated with central agencies for the investigation of the incident. As per the reports, Saifullah was a devout member of the Kanpur-Lucknow unit of IS' Khorasan module.

"After 12 hours the team entered and shot him dead", Singh said. "Due to the prompt action taken by the police of both the state, a possible threat to national security was successfully averted".

  • Leroy Wright