Govt steps up vigil in states along Pak border

Government decided to step up vigil in states bordering Pakistan following inputs that militants from across the border may strike in India.

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2011, 20:42 PM IST

New Delhi: Government on Friday decided to step
up vigil in states bordering Pakistan following inputs that
militants from across the border may strike in India.

Home Minister P Chidambaram said there were inputs that
militants from across the border could be planning some action
in the country and they have identified some targets.

"This morning, we have taken a decision to increase level
of alertness in states bordering Pakistan and that obviously
includes Punjab," he said at a press conference when asked
whether there was any terror threat to coming polls in Punjab.

He said due to the "very strong continuing flow
of information" the directive has been issued for alertness in
bordering states, which include Jammu and Kashmir.

Chidambaram said with elections coming up in Punjab,
government has to remain at a high level of alertness in the
state.

"What we gathered, we review every day... We alert the
states who are targets... Apart from the Jehadi groups, there
is BKI (Babar Khalsa International) and some other Khalistan
groups. We did bust a BKI module a few days ago. So, we have
to remain in high alert in Punjab. We are working with the
government of Punjab and we will continue to remain high
alert," he said.

Asked whether there was revival of Khalistan movement in
Punjab, the Home Minister replied in negative.

"There is no revival. These are remnant elements from old
groups. Many of them have fled the country, many of them have
taken refuge in foreign countries. These are remnant groups.
There is no revival of Khalistan movement," he said.

PTI