Delhi put under security cover amid threat of terror attack on Mahashivaratri; Gujarat, J&K also on high alert

It is suspected that the terror operatives are planning to target Delhi, especially because the Parliament is in session.

Last Updated: Mar 07, 2016, 10:50 AM IST
Delhi put under security cover amid threat of terror attack on Mahashivaratri; Gujarat, J&K also on high alert

New Delhi: Security has been tightened across the national capital and in several states amid fears of an impending terror attack.

Temples, key buildings, shopping malls, popular markets and military installations all are under security radar of the Delhi Police and other security agencies amid an intelligence input that terrorists could carry out a strike in the city and NCR region on Monday, on the occasion of Mahashivaratri.

As per the Intelligence Bureau alert, 10 terrorists belonging to the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) or Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror groups are believed to have sneaked into the Indian territory through the Gujarat border.

It is suspected that the terror operatives are planning to target Delhi, especially because the Parliament is in session.

 

The Delhi Police are ensuring that CCTV cameras at all places with high footfall, like popular markets in the city and Metro stations, are functional. Patrolling across the city has been intensified.

The terror alert followed discovery of an abandoned boat off the coast of Gujarat.

Meanwhile, four elite teams of the National Security Guard (NSG) have also been sent to Gujarat.

High alert has also been sounded in Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir, apart from Delhi.

Security around major religious sites in Gujarat like Somnath Temple and Akshardham and in metro cities -- Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Bengaluru – has also been increased.

 

At the famous Somnath temple in Gujarat, an NSG team has been deployed. The Gir-Somnath district authorities have postponed today's cultural event at Somnath temple owing to the terror threat.

Vital installations across the metros like railway stations and airports are also being secured.

In Kolkata, security was stepped up at the NSC Bose International Airport after an e-mail threat that it would be blown up within 24 hours. The e-mail came in the airport manager's ID early yesterday and it was claimed to have been sent from Germany.