Rajnath reviews India’s security after terror threat

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Home Minister Rajnath  Singh. Photo-PTI

File photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Photo-PTI

Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed India’s internal security after there were intelligence inputs of a possible terror attack in the country.

All metro cities have been put on high alert since Sunday after intel reports suggested that a group of 10 suspected LeT and JeM terrorists sneaked into Gujarat from Pakistan. Reports said that the terrorists are planning to strike different cities on the occasion of Mahashivratri.

At a high-level meeting, attended by top security officials including Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and Director of Intelligence Bureau Dineshwar Sharma, Singh took stock of the situation and the steps taken to prevent any possible terror attacks.

Sources revealed that the Home Minister was briefed that four NSG teams have taken position in different locations in Gujarat and would rush to any place if there is any emergency, official sources said.

The intel reports said that the suspected terrorists who entered Gujarat may now be in Delhi. A high alert has been sounded in all metros, especially in the national capital.

Singh also reviewed the measures taken to step up security in strategic locations, religious sites and industrial spots in Gujarat and other metro cities apprehending threats.

Security was stepped up in the national capital after Delhi Police received specific inputs about suspected militants entering the city. Security arrangements have been enhanced in all crowded areas, iconic buildings and military installations. Patrolling across the capital has been intensified.

The fear of a possible terror attack has marred Mahashivratri celebrations this year.

In Gujarat, four National Security Guard teams have been roped in to step up security at vital installations across the state, including the Somnath temple. In view of the alert, the cultural programme at the temple which is held every year on Shivratri has been deferred. Security agencies carried out widespread raids and combing exercises on Sunday, putting up checkposts on highways across the state. Stringent security checks are being carried out at all prominent places like the airport, railway stations, bus stations, temples and market places across the state.

“The intelligence input has very high sensibility and we have taken it seriously. All necessary measures have been taken. Tight vigil is being maintained,” said PC Thakur the DGP of Gujarat on Sunday.

Other metros in the country have also been put on high alert. In Kolkata, security was stepped up at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport after an e-mail threat was sent to an airport manager.

Security has also been tightened in several other states including Jammu and Kashmir.

On Friday, the BSF seized a Pakistani boat in the Koteshwar creek area off the Kutch coast along the Indo-Pakistan border. Its occupants fled upon seeing the security personnel, but doubts of a few men having sneaked in, haven’t been ruled out by security agencies. The Indian Coast Guard has enhanced surveillance along the West coast, more specifically in the seas off Gujarat. More ships have been pressed into the sea for surveillance.

(With inputs from PTI)