Centre asks states to be alert on terrorists, communal tension

With reports of five Pakistani terrorists entering India, the Centre has asked all states to be extra vigilant against any attempt by terrorists to disrupt peace and communal tension by subversive elements during the upcoming festival season.

Acting on intelligence inputs, the Home Ministry has issued a country-wide advisory asking all states to deploy additional forces in crowded places like markets, railway stations, bus terminus and religious sites to foil any attempt by terrorists to carry out any attack.

The advisory was issued after intelligence inputs suggested that five Pakistani terrorists have entered India in recent past, official sources said.

The Home Ministry particularly told police forces of major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad to be extra vigilant during the upcoming festival of Navratri, Durga Puja, Dussehra and Moharram, beginning tomorrow.

The states were also asked to be alert during the festival as provocative sloganeering, especially near mosques and dargahs, installations of idols and observance of the festival at disputed places, processions through non-traditional routes and forcible collection of donations, eve teasing often trigger communal tensions.

Campaigns against cow slaughter by Hindu activists have witnessed a rise in recent weeks with interpretation of cattle transportation, sometimes leading to road-blockades, arson and communal incidents. In the past, sacrifice of cattle at public and non-traditional places has also provided the flash point for communal incidents.

Besides, crowded pandals and immersion processions also remain soft targets for saboteurs.

Special watch on pandals, procession routes and venues of immersion would be desirable to prevent communal incidents and other law and order problems, the advisory said.