Security beefed up across metros after cops receive intel inputs that 10 suspected LeT and JeM terrorists have entered India from Pakistan via Gujarat
New Delhi: The capital was put on high alert yesterday after police received inputs that 10 suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists believed to have entered India from Pakistan through Gujarat, may have sneaked into the capital for an attack even as four elite NSG teams were rushed to Gujarat, following similar inputs.
taking no chances: Police check a vehicle in Ahmedabad after a high alert was sounded across Gujarat yesterday. The state home department has beefed up security in the state following the warning of a possible terror attack. PIC/PTI
Sources said the input specifically mentions about 10 LeT and JeM militants having entered India via Gujarat and that they could carry out a terror strike in Delhi.
On the eve of Maha Shivratri, Gujarat as well as other metros and Jammu and Kashmir were put on on high alert with raids conducted at Kutch and other places, security being beefed up at vital installations, sensitive areas and at all main temples including the famous Somnath temple where a NSG team has been deployed. The Gir-Somnath district authorities had postponed yesterday’s cultural event at Somnath temple owing to the terror threat.
Gujarat DGP PC Thakur held a meeting with NSG officials in Gandhinagar and announced that one team will be sent to step up security at Somnath temple in Gir-Somnath district. Thakur issued orders late last night cancelling leave of all policemen. “Four teams of NSG reached here(Gandhinagar) last night. Out of these, three will remain here, while one team will go to Somnath,” he said. The size of each team could vary between 50 to 90 personnel.
In Kolkata, security has been stepped up at NSC Bose International Airport after an e-mail threat that it would be blown up within 24 hours, airport officials said. The e-mail came in the airport manager’s ID last morning and it is claimed to have been sent from Germany, they said.
An advisory has been issued to enhance security at all strategic locations, sensitive industrial sites and religious places in Gujarat after intelligence inputs suggested that the terrorists have entered the state taking the sea route, official sources said.