RSS HQ attacked by terrorrists

via PTI published on June 1, 2006

3 LeT men killed near RSS HQ in Nagpur


Nagpur: A major attempt to attack the RSS headquarters here was foiled when three heavily-armed militants were shot dead in an encounter with the police while trying to enter the heavily-guarded sprawling premises in the wee hours today.


RSS Chief K S Sudharshan was not present at the headquarters when the militants dressed as Police Sub-Inspectors and travelling in a white ambassador car with a red beacon light tried to pass through the barricade but were challenged by policemen deployed there.


Police suspects the militants belong to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba. Three AK-56 rifles, huge quantity of RDX and 12 hand grenades were recovered from the slain militants after the encounter that took place around 4 am about 100 metres away from the headquarters.

The militants were in the age group of 20-22 years.


Giving details of the encounter, City Police Commissioner S P S Yadav told reporters at the site that a police team gave chase to their vehicle after they broke the first barrier about 200 metres from the headquarters.


When challenged by the police, they opened fire from their AK-56 rifles, he said, adding the trio was killed in retaliatory firing.


Yadav said two police officer were injured in the encounter which lasted for about five minutes. The condition of one of the injured was stated to be serious.


The identities of the three are yet to be established, police said.

Former RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav said that around 4:00-4:15 am, the militants came in an Ambassador car and tried to enter the headquarters in Mahal area in the eastern part of the city. “We are happy that the police took firm action.”


Madhav said police had a prior information of a possibility of such an attack and had informed us about it an had stepped up the security at the headquarters.


The attack comes days after police had recovered 30 kg of RDX, 17 AK-47 rifles and 50 hand grenades from Aurangabad, Ankai Fort and Malegoan in a span of one-week from May 7 to May 14.


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