Mumbai: The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre
(BARC) continues to be a source of worry for security agencies
as intelligence inputs suggest that the premier nuclear
facility and its staff housing area are on the hit-list of
Pakistan-based terror groups.
Extra-vigilant security officials are having a tough
time in manning the "Anu Shakti Nagar", the residential
complex housing nearly 10,000 people adjacent to the facility,
battling BARC authorities for regulating campus` entry and
exit, officials privy to the arrangements said.
Recently, two labourers from Kashmir were detained by
security personnel manning the complex and released only after
their background check was done.
"BARC has been constant sources of worry for us.
Lashkar-e-Taiba`s American terrorist David Headley had carried
out a survey of the location which has made us
extra-vigilant," said one of the security officials.
Intelligence inputs from various agencies indicate
that BARC continues to be one of the favourite targets of
Lashkar whereas other terror groups including the
Jaish-e-Mohammed could also make attempts to attack it.
Security agencies have asked for proper manning of
entry and exit points and if possible restrictions on entry of
other locals residing in adjacent areas, who frequent the Anu
Shakti Nagar for shopping, the sources said.
While additional personnel were being sent to the
BARC, the Navy and the Coast Guard have also been roped in for
maintaining a tight vigil along the coast lines.
The security around the nuclear installation has been
tightened and efforts were on to ensure proper cover to the
mangroves located close to the BARC complex, the sources said.
The rear side of the BARC, located on a hill
top, can be seen from the Arabian Sea.
The confessional statements made by Headley and
another Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Sarfaraz Nawaz, who was
deported from Muscat last year, have also shown that BARC is
one of the prime targets for the terror groups.
Nawaz had stated in his statement before the police
that Lashkar was planning to target top 10 scientists in the
country, some of them from BARC.