JK, Delhi put on high alert
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JK, Delhi put on high alert

Security was tightened in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, a day after a top army commander disclosed that there were "disturbing" inputs about a militant attack in India and also after the detection of a tunnel along the international border in Jammu region.

Security was tightened in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, a day after a top army commander disclosed that there were "disturbing" inputs about a militant attack in India and also after the detection of a tunnel along the international border in Jammu region.

"We have already taken measures and the security has been placed on maximum alert across the entire state. Detection of the tunnel has in RS Pura sector has been taken very seriously", Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, K RajendraKumar told PTI.

He said that all necessary steps have been taken in wake of the disclosure made by the senior army commander and the detection of the tunnel on the IB.

"Specific inputs or no inputs or not necessary, but we have to be extra careful in the wake of the events that have been taking place in the recent past like the tunnel on the International border is a serious matter and adequate arrangements have been made," Kumar said.

He said all "preventive and defensive" measures have been put in place and the forces have been asked to remain extra vigilant.

The General Officer in Commanding in Chief of the Western Command of the Army Lt Gen KJ Singh had yesterday said that there were disturbing inputs about a militant attack India.

"There are security-related problems today. You know, MahaShivratri is coming. There are inputs which are disturbing but notwithstanding that extra care has been taken," he had said.

"These events (militant attacks) are planned to create maximum media impact and when can you create a media impact when Parliament is in session, when a festival is taking place, so both happen to be going on…. So that is why, there are inputs but we have taken steps against that."

"I must assure you of that," Lt Gen KJ Singh had said.

The DGP said that instructions have been passed on the district officers and the incharge of Police stations along the border to remain extra vigilant as "some anti national elements might try to create problems."

"The police stations and police posts along the international border and Line of Control have been asked to remain extra vigilant in the wake of the detection of the tunnel. We are prepared to foil the nefarious designs of the anti-national elements," the DGP said.

Not taking any chance the Border Security Force (BSF) has also started removing the tall vegetation that has cropped up along the International Border.

"The infiltrators try taking advantage of the tall growth, so we have started the removal of the growth, it was because of that effort that the tunnel in the RS Pura was detected after which we have increased our efforts to clear the entire area of all such growth," a senior BSF officer said.

DELHI, OTHER STATES ALSO ON ALERT

Delhi was on Sunday put on high alert after Police received inputs that 10 suspected LeT and JeM militants believed to have entered India from Pakistan through Gujarat may have sneaked into the national capital for an attack even as four elite NSG teams were rushed to the western state.

On the eve of 'MahaShivratri' festival, Gujarat as well as other metros and Jammu and Kashmir were also on high alert with raids conducted at Kutch and other places, security being beefed up at vital installations, sensitive areas and at all main temples including the famous Somnath temple where a NSG team has been deployed.

The Gir-Somnath district authorities have postponed tomorrow's cultural event at Somnath temple owing to the threat.

In Kolkata, security has been stepped up at NSC Bose International Airport after an e-mail threat that it would be blown up within 24 hours, airport officials said.

The e-mail came in the airport manager's ID early today and it was claimed to have been sent from Germany, they said.

In New Delhi, security was beefed up at vital installations, important buildings and crowded places after Delhi Police received inputs about a potential terror strike in the city. A constant vigil was maintained near prominent malls, hospitals, schools and colleges.

A police source said the input specifically mentions about 10 militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfits having entered India via Gujarat and that they could carry out a militant strike in Delhi.

The Special Cell and Crime Branch of Delhi Police have been briefed about the input separately, so that activities of gangs operating in and around the city and elements with suspected militancy links can be monitored.

The police are also ensuring that CCTV cameras at all places with high footfall, like popular markets in the city and metro stations are functional. Patrolling across the city has been intensified.

Security has been ramped up at major religious sites in Gujarat like Somnath Temple and Akshardham and in metro cities—Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Bengaluru.

Vital installations across the metros like railway stations and airports are also being secured.

An Advisory has been issued to enhance security at all strategic locations, sensitive industrial sites and religious places in Gujarat after intelligence inputs suggested that the terrorists have entered the state taking the sea route, official sources said.

Gujarat DGP P C Thakur held a meeting with NSG officials in Gandhinagar and announced that one team will be sent to step up security at Somnath temple in Gir-Somnath district. Thakur issued orders late last night cancelling leave of all policemen.

"Four teams of NSG reached here(Gandhinagar) last night. Out of these, three will remain here, while one team will go to Somnath," he said. The size of each team could vary between 50 to 90 personnel. 

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