In a shocking revelation, the Islamic State (IS) terror module burst in Lucknow revealed that one of the arrested terrorists is a former Indian Air Force employee. His name is Gaus Mohammed and he worked in IAF from 1979 to 1993. It is also being stated by the probe reports that Gaus Mohammed was the mastermind of the ISIS-Khorasan module.

According to an India Today report, the Additional Director General of Police (ADG), Uttar Pradesh, Daljeet Chaudhary said that Gaus Mohammed was the main ideologue of this IS-Khorasan module. He was the one who was brainwashing the others. He used to work as a shoemaker in the IAF and incidentally, he also kept a Hindu name ‘Karan Khatri’. He moved around in search of people, read their mind, and start indoctrinating them.

In a joint operation by Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh police after the blast in Bhopal-Ujjain train on March 7, eight arrests were made. Three of the accused—Danish, Mir Hussain and Atif Muzaffar—were arrested from Pipariya in MP. Two more, Mohammad Faisal and Mohammad Irfan, were nabbed from Jajmau near Kanpur, while another, Faiz Alam, was arrested from Etawah in UP.

The ATS gunned down the suspected IS terrorist Saifullah in a house in Thakurganj, on the outskirts of Lucknow. Before his encounter, a 12-hour-long operation was conducted to capture him alive. Saifullah was killed in an exchange of fire with the police. As per the reports, Saifullah was a devout member of the Kanpur-Lucknow unit of IS’ Khorasan module.

Based on “concrete” information from intelligence, the ATS had gone to apprehend Saiful, who is suspected of involvement in the train blast in Madhya Pradesh, from a house in Haji colony of Thakurganj area when he suddenly opened fire on the team.