Country on high alert over possible terror strikes

Raj Kamal Rao

Anticipating an attack or an attempt to sabotage peace in Pakistan Bordering states, Government of India is undertaking a massive security enhancement at crucial entry points.

Government has already issued a country-wide alert asking the states to heighten vigil to foil any attempt by Pakistan-based terror groups to carry out attacks amid apprehensions of backlash by terrorists.

 CRPF Jawans stand guard during the Curfew and Strike in Srianagar  Photo-PTI

CRPF Jawans stand guard during the Curfew and Strike in Srianagar
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Home Minister Rajnath reviewed the internal security situation on Friday and instructed the officials to ensure that the forces posted along the border remain on alert as the situation along the Indo-Pak border continues to be volatile.

Massive evacuation has been taken up in bordering states like Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat – Maharashtra coast line.

“Nearly 10,000 people have migrated from border villages to safer areas. Of them, 600 have shifted to camps set up by the government,” said Jammu Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh

Border villagers leave their houses to board a bus provided by the government as families are evacuated from their homes to safer places after authorities ordered the evacuation of villages near the Pakistan border Photo-PTi

Border villagers leave their houses to board a bus provided by the government as families are evacuated from their homes to safer places after authorities ordered the evacuation of villages near the Pakistan border
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Indian Coast Guard has also stepped up surveillance. It has enhanced the overall security of the shore establishments.

“The Indian Coast Guard regional headquarters (North West), at Gandhinagar had launched special operation in coordination with the stake-holders, including marine police and the state administration since September 26,” the ICG said in a press release.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a meeting with Navy officials in Delhi Photo-PTI

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a meeting with Navy officials in Delhi
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The ICG has also advised the fishing community and other stakeholders to maintain enhanced vigil and report any “abnormal activity” either at sea or in areas close to the coast, it said

Security has also been strengthened in Odisha Sands Complex (OSCOM), one of the units of the Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL) under Department of Atomic Energy (DoEA), in the wake of the surgical strike across the Line of Control by the Indian Army.

“As per instruction of the standard guidelines of the government, we have beefed up the security in OSCOM. Surveillance measure in and around the IREL unit has also been intensified,” said A K Mohapatra, chief of the OSCOM.

India conducted surgical strikes on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, targeting terror launch pads across the Line of Control.

The strike came just days after the attack by Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM on an Indian army camp in Uri in Kashmir that killed 19 jawans.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the attackers would not go “unpunished” and the sacrifice of the jawans would not be in vain.