New Delhi/ Ghaziabad, Sept 20 : It was an uneasy calm in the 'encounter lane' of Jamia Nagar here today, a day after the Delhi Police's Special Cell killed two militants, including the alleged mastermind of Delhi blasts, Abu Bashar.
Residents preferred to stay in their homes to be away from police 'interrogation' and the journalists who would pester them for 'soundbytes'.
Police personnel have been deployed in Jamai Nagar, but it may take time for the residents to come to terms with the fact that they were living next door to 'terror'.
Authorities and Non Government Organizations (NGOs) are doing their best to instill confidence among the residents.
"This is the place where the encounter took place between the police and the militants. The situation is bad here. All kinds of rumours are doing rounds. We have asked people to stay calm and not to pay attention to the rumours. We have asked to be just cautious and inform the police about any unidentified object or about any such person," said Mohammad Siddiqui, an NGO worker.
Meanwhile, when media personnel talked to Mohseen Nisar on Friday night, the owner of the Jamia Nagar house, who had rented out the house to students and lecturers, who turned out to be suspected militants after the Friday encounter, said that he was shocked at the incident.
Nisar claimed that he lives in his Ghaziabad house, and it was his friend in New Delhi who had got him the tenants, and he himself had never met these people.
"It is really shameful and condemnable thing that people can resort to such things. They said that they were students and lecturers. It is really sad that they turned out to be such people," said Nisar.