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

“UP ATS has launched the operation in the afternoon after a tip-off given to it. It is suspected that a terrorist is hiding in the Haji colony of the area," Additional Director General of Police Daljit Chaudhary said.

The police is hoping to take the suspected terrorist into its custody alive, however suspected terrorist have refused to surrender, according to the reports.

"We want him alive. However, he is refusing to surrender," the police said.

The suspected terrorist, named Saifullah, fired shots at security forces, triggering a gunbattle.

Saifullah, who is allegedly linked with the terror group – Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS), has locked himself in a room, which has been surrounded by commandoes.

The forces were deployed to the Haji colony located in Thakurganj after a tip-off was given to the UP police regarding the presence of a suspicious man.

It is suspected that the terrorist is linked to the Bhopal-Ujjain train blast which occured in Kanpur and Lucknow on Tuesday which injured nine.