Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Ahead of the festival season, the Centre has asked all states to remain alert and tighten security in sensitive places to foil any attempt by terrorists to disturb peace.
In an advisory to all states and Union Territories, the Home Ministry said terrorists may try to carry out attacks during the festival season beginning this month and all efforts should be taken to prevent any such attempt.
The states and UTs have been asked to deploy adequate forces in sensitive areas like markets, religious places, railway stations, bus terminus, bridges and strategic installations and intensify vigil to monitor movement of suspicious persons, sources said.
The Home Ministry advisory said all efforts should be made to ensure communal harmony during the festivals and those trying to incite people in the name of religion should be dealt with strongly.
It asked states and UTs to deploy adequate security forces in places where there are possibilities of eruption of communal flare-up.
The state government has been asked to be extra vigilant and deal effectively with petty incidents to avert any communal skirmish.
Preventive arrests should be made wherever necessary and strict action taken against anyone trying to inflame passion, sources said.
Senior officers have been asked to rush to the spot even if a minor incident is reported and try to control the situation with utmost sensitivity so that social fabric is not destroyed, they added.
The advisory was issued after the Intelligence Bureau (IB) warned that terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) is planning terror strikes in prominent Indian cities in the festive season.
A secret intelligence note issued by the IB to the Home Ministry states that there could be fresh attempts from the home group terror outfit to target Indian cities during Dussehra and Diwali festivals.
According to the IB note, major cities like Surat, Haridwar, Ahemdabad, Delhi are on IM hit list.
The warning from the IB coincides with a similar threat issued by the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba to blow up Haridwar railway station and temples in the city on December 29.