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Home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said ISIS is not a threat to any one particular country but the entire world. Photo: Mint
Home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said ISIS is not a threat to any one particular country but the entire world. Photo: Mint

Govt directs security agencies, state police to strengthen diplomatic missions’ security

Home ministry stresses on the need to immediately review all available inputs regarding activities of ISIS

New Delhi: The home ministry has directed central security agencies and state police forces to strengthen security of diplomatic missions, particularly those of the US, Israel, the UK, Germany, France, Russia, Turkey and Australia, in the wake of multiple attacks by terror outfit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Paris on Friday.

According to ministry’s advisory sent out on Monday, state police forces have also been asked to strengthen security around important strategic establishments, Chabad Houses, tourist spots, synagogues and other community facilities, particularly those frequented by foreigners.

“We have asked central and state agencies to conduct a fresh security audit of these places, more so of diplomatic missions of these countries and make security deployment more foolproof. The security agencies have been specifically directed to be prepared for multiple attacks like the one witnessed in Paris recently or the 26/11 Mumbai terror strike. This now seems to be the trend among terror groups as their modules attack multiple targets within a span of an hour or so in an attempt to ensure that security agencies do not get time to respond," a home ministry official said on condition of anonymity.

The ministry’s terror advisory also mentions that “the recent multiple terror attacks in Paris clearly indicate the intention of ISIS to expand its area of terror action beyond the core areas of Iraq and Syria, so it is necessary that the security establishment is kept on high alert to prevent any untoward incident".

The Intelligence Bureau has already cautioned the government to the effect that since ISIS had not had much success in radicalizing Indian youth, it could coordinate with local terror outfits to carry out attacks within the country.

The ministry’s advisory also stressed on the need to “immediately review all available inputs regarding activities of ISIS, its plans, potential targets and suitable preventive action be taken by security forces to neutralize the threat".

Home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said, “ISIS is not a threat to any one particular country but the entire world. India is alert about the potential threat from ISIS but there is a need for all countries to unite in this fight against terror." Singh chaired a high-level meeting on Monday to assess ISIS’s threat to the country.

“Security agencies are closely monitoring all activities regarding ISIS and the Intelligence Bureau has already set up a specialized unit within its operations division for this purpose. In view of the increasing threat from ISIS, we have asked the state police to conduct security drills to check their response time and preparedness for multiple terror attacks," the home ministry official cited above added.

Former chief of Intelligence Bureau Arun Bhagat stressed on the need for multiple agencies to be ready for serial attacks by terror groups. “The security agencies obviously need to be fully prepared for such incidents but along with this, other outfits like hospitals, transport departments and disaster management agencies should also be sensitized on reducing response time. There should be good coordination among various agencies as the Paris and Mumbai attacks have revealed that the intensity of such attacks is increasing with every incident. Maybe a joint coordination or command centre can be set up in important cities for this purpose," Bhagat added.

PTI contributed to this story.

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