New Delhi: The National Capital Region is on high alert with the Intelligence Bureau (IB) expecting a possible terror attack by the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in one or more public places over the coming days.
Areas such as Delhi Cantonment and paramilitary installations across the NCR have also been asked to step up foot patrolling and security measures.
“We have received inputs that JeM cadres will attempt to enter the Capital from Ghaziabad following which suicide attacks could be executed by them in one or more sensitive locations here simultaneously,” said an official.
According to an agency source, several members belonging to the group, which was allegedly involved in the Parliament attack of 2001, were understood to have entered the country for the purpose between late March and early April.
The potential attack(s) are being viewed as a direct retaliation to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s electoral feat in Jammu in addition to revenge for the neutralisation of two JeM cadres after they attacked an Indian Army base in the Samba sector on March 21.
The input, the source said, was based on ground-level intelligence gathered from State units located in the Northern and Eastern parts of the country, which reported suspicious movement along the international border in addition to a slew of illegal attempts to gain access to the country soon after the Samba attack.
The inputs, generated over the past week, were then forwarded to the Multi Agency Centre (MAC), which is under the Ministry of Home Affairs for consideration before being disseminated to respective police forces of North Indian States.
A senior Delhi Police official, however, chose neither to confirm nor deny the receipt of the inputs stating that it could be prejudicial to the Capital’s security.
Similar inputs had suggested an impending strike by seven alleged members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh tasked with executing a terror bid in the Capital during U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the Capital around Republic Day.
The contingent had travelled from Dhaka to Iraq to participate in a month-long daura-e-aam or basic military training course organised by them by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
“The group travelled to Saudi Arabia and took a flight to Dhaka from the King Fahd International Airport located in the eastern region of Dammam in the first week of January,” an official said.
“Its members slipped off the radar after having landed in Dhaka and might try to slip into the country via Kolkata; we are in the process of ascertaining their allegiance to the JeM,” the official added.
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