Terror threat: Rajnath reviews internal security situation

Mar 7, 6:05 pm

New Delhi, Mar. 7 (ANI): In the wake of inputs that 10 suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists have entered India from Pakistan through Gujarat, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed the internal security situation in the country.

The high-level meeting was attended by top security officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director Dineshwar Sharma besides others.

The Home Minister during the meeting took stock of the steps taken to prevent any possible terror attack.

At the meeting, he was briefed that four National Security Guard (NSG) teams have taken position at different locations in Gujarat and would rush to any place if there is any emergency.

Rajnath also reviewed the steps taken to beef up security in strategic locations, religious sites and industrial spots in Gujarat and metro cities apprehending threats.

Meanwhile, Delhi has been put on high alert after police received inputs about a potential terror strike in the city by 10 suspected LeT and JeM terrorists.

Police source said the input specifically mentions about 10 terrorists having entered India from Pakistan through Gujarat and that they could carry out a terror strike in Delhi.

On the eve of ‘Maha Shivratri’, Gujarat, metros cities and Jammu and Kashmir were put on high alert with raids conducted at Kutch and other places. Director General of Gujarat police P.C. Thakur said three NSG teams have been kept on standby in Ahmedabad, while one team has been sent to Somnath temple in Saurashtra.

Meanwhile, the Gir-Somnath district authorities have postponed today’s cultural event at Somnath temple owing to the terror threat.

In the wake of intelligence inputs suggesting some terrorists may have sneaked into Gujarat via the sea route, the Maharashtra Police on Sunday issued an alert across the state. The Maharashtra police said all unit chiefs of the state police have been asked to ensure maximum protection of persons and offices.

In view of alert by intelligence agencies of potential terror strike, security has been tightened in Rajasthan also. Rajasthan ATS has issued direction to all range IG and district SP to enhance security. Police has been asked to increase vigil on bus station, railway station, airport and crowded places.

Superintendent of Police Dr. Rajeev Pachar on Sunday said following an input by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) that some people with wrong intentions have entered Rajasthan via Gujarat, the local police alerted various security agencies such as BSF, army and air force.

“We have spoken to various security agencies such as Border Security Force (BSF), army and air force in this connection and alerted them,” he said.

“The local police are conducting regular searches of inns, hotels and lodges. Besides, police in civil dresses have been deployed at several places, said the SP.

He said at Ramdevra and Sam, which are important points from the point of pilgrimage and tourism, respectively, police have deployed armed men to prevent any untoward incident.(ANI)