India on alert: LeT may strike during festivals

Intelligence inputs suggest terrorists may strike during the upcoming festive season.

New Delhi: The country has been put on high
alert following Intelligence inputs that Pakistan-based
terrorists may strike during the upcoming festive season.

The Centre has asked state governments to take all
possible steps to foil attempts by militant groups,
particularly Lashkar-e-Taiba, to disrupt peace during ongoing
Ramzan and the upcoming festivals of Raksha Bandhan, Idd-ul
Fitr and Onam.

Sources said the advisory issued by Home Ministry asked
all states to increase vigil and take precautionary measures
to ensure security as Pakistan-based groups may strike at
public places.

The Ministry asked states like Delhi, Karnataka and
Kerala to deploy additional forces in sensitive locations.

Onam will be celebrated on August 23, Raksha Bandhan on
August 24 and Idd-ul Fitr on September 13.

"We have sent alert to all states and are taking all
necessary measures. There are possibility that Pakistan-based
elements may try to carry out terror strike in the country," a
Home Ministry official said.

The advisory has asked states to be more vigilant and
check crowded public places like markets, railway stations,
bus terminals and parks besides other places of mass
gathering, he said.

The Home Ministry also gave out list of potential targets
and advised on what to look our for.

-PTI