‘LeT, JuD planning to attack Bhakra Dam’
Intelligence inputs indicate terrorists are planning to target the Bhakra Nangal Dam in Himachal Pradesh.
New Delhi: Intelligence inputs indicate terrorists are planning to target the Bhakra Nangal Dam in Himachal Pradesh.
Intelligence Bureau sources on Saturday said an advisory has been sent to the Himachal government to tighten the security at the dam.
It is believed that the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawah groups are likely to carry out the strike during the Monsoon, during which water level is very high in the dam.
Damage to the facility at that time could cause havoc in the areas downstream, especially Chandigarh, parts of Haryana, Punjab and Delhi.
"A number of intelligence inputs indicate that the Bhakra Dam is one of the most preferred targets of Pak-based terrorist organisations. Reportedly, the LeT has also been training its cadres on aspects like cliff-climbing, swimming across water channels and handling of explosives with the intention to target major dams in India, particularly those located in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh," the IB report said.
"Recently, Pak-based terrorist outfits like the JuD/LeT have been raising the emotive issue of water sharing between India and Pakistan and allege that India has been appropriating major share of water from rivers flowing into Pakistan by constructing various dams. The Bhakra Dam figures prominently on their target list due to its economic importance and potential for large-scale damage on the downstream," the report has warned.
"Bhakra Dam has high propaganda value and any attack (on it) would attract immediate media attention," the report pointed out, saying that the dam had acquired "iconic status".