NDC, two schools on Lashkar radar: Govt

Two leading boarding schools located in a north Indian state are among targets Lashkar-e- Toiba.

Updated: Nov 05, 2009, 08:36 AM IST

New Delhi: Two leading boarding schools
located in two prominent hill stations in a north Indian state
are among targets of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-
Toiba (LeT), a Home Ministry official said on Wednesday.

According to intelligence input shared after interrogation
of David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, arrested
by the FBI for plotting a major terror attack in India at the
behest of LeT, the terrorist group was planning to attack the
two schools, he said.
Headley and Rana have stated that their targets included
the prestigious the National Defence College here.

The official said the intelligence agencies gathered
information about the possibility of LeT attacks a few weeks
ago and forwarded it to the state government concerned for
providing adequate security at the two schools.

Additional security personnel have been deployed at the
NDC located on the Tees-January Road, where the memorial of
Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi is located.
When asked if the government knew about the terrorists`
plans and also steps taken to protect the NDC, Minister of
State for Defence MM Pallam Raju said, "I think there is a
constant review of threat perceptions and targets, ...and we
work on the safeguards adequately.

Bureau Report