MHA issues terror alert for Mumbai, Kolkata, B`lore

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 00:42

New Delhi: The Home Ministry today issued an
alert for Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore saying the three major
cities could be targeted by terrorists.

Based on the interrogation of suspected Indian Mujahideen
terrorist Salman Ahmed, the Home Ministry asked governments of
Maharashtra, West Bengal and Karnataka to take all possible
steps to foil any bid by terrorists to strike the cities.

"We are not taking any chances on whatever information we
have received. So, we have alerted the concerned state
governments to take all necessary security measures
immediately," a Home Ministry official said.

During his interrogation, Salman, who was suspected to be
involved in serial blasts in Ahmedabad, Varanasi and
Gorakhpur, confessed that the Indian Mujahideen has set up
bases in Karachi, Kathmandu, Dubai and a few places in Middle
East under its so-called "Karachi Project".

"He also confessed before the interrogators that IM
cadres go to Pakistan either taking the route of Nepal or
Bangladesh for training and he had returned from Pakistan only
in January last," the official said.

Under the "Karachi Project", IM sends Indian youths to
Pakistan for terror training and again push back them to the
country to carry out subversive activities.

Salman, who was arrested on Saturday by Anti-Terrorism
Squad of UP Police from Siddarth Nagar, is currently under the
custody of Delhi Police.

The 21-year-old man, who is an accused in the 2008 serial
blasts in Delhi, is said to be a key member of the Indian
Mujahideen network, which has been involved in a series of
blasts across the country.

Police claimed they have recovered a Nepali passport
obtained under a fake name and an international SIM card
from Ahmed`s possession.

After his name cropped up in the blast cases, police
claimed, he moved to Nepal, where he allegedly got the
passport issued in June 2009. With the help of the passport,
which was issued in the name of Mohd Fahad Ansari, the IM
operative travelled to Pakistan and other countries.

-PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 00:42

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