New Delhi: Security has been stepped all across the National Capital, airports and high security establishments after the Delhi police received inputs of possible terror strikes by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad.
While a high alert has been sounded across New Delhi, the developments come in the wake of scattered intelligence inputs from Jammu and Kashmir about the increased presence and infiltration of militants from across the border, into India, while militants have also stepped up the pressure on civilians in Kashmir.
On Thursday, the Delhi police’s Special Cell conducted raids across nine locations, after receiving a tip off on the presence of “a few Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists in the city."
A senior official familiar with the development also said that “All airports, railway stations, (Durga) Puja Pandals across the city have been put on high alert after the input. Security checks have also been heightened and passengers and pandal goers are requested to report any suspicious activity to the nearest Delhi police checkpoint."
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At the same time, all government establishments in the National Capital are also being kept under strict surveillance.
This development comes just days after the Indian Army intercepted intelligence inputs that pointed at the revival of the Jaish-e-Mohammad’s Balakot unit, fresh inputs have revealed the terrorist group may be targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top brass of the country as well as defence and paramilitary establishments, Mint had earlier reported.
“Since Article 370 was struck down, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has anyway stepped up vigil across major airports especially after reports of terror strikes on Pathankot and Amritsar air bases. For now, in Delhi, the paramilitary forces are assisting Delhi police on law and order duty as well," said a senior Union home ministry official, adding that the forces were being “extra cautious during the festival season."
The inputs come at a time when the Indian Army has stepped up vigil along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of heightened ceasefire violations by Pakistan which is giving cover fire to infiltrators in this sector.
According to fresh inputs received by intelligence agencies in India, as many as 45 militants are likely to have crossed over into Jammu and Kashmir over the last fortnight and may now target the Prime Minister as well as defence establishments under the Northern Command.
Intelligence agencies have also traced routes from where the militants infiltrated into Indian territory in September via Kharameru to Kazinag to Manabal to Kupwara.
The inputs also suggested that the groups adopted an alternate route to skirt the presence of armed forces, through Narapatra to Kala Pahar to Lachhipura in Baramulla along the Line of Control to set up camps in north Kashmir.
The Army, last month, also said it had received inputs on a possible terror attack in south India after abandoned boats were found along the coast, with Lt Gen SK Saini, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Army Southern Command saying that the army had “inputs that there may be a terrorist attack in the southern part of India."