Delhi Metro On High Alert As Terror Attack Threatens Gujarat

06/03/2016 1:37 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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GOHALAN, KASHMIR, INDIA - APRIL 20: An Indian army soldier is silhouetted against the snow capped mountains of Pakistan administered Kashmir as he guards the the Line Of Control on April 20, 2015 in Gohalan, 120 Kms (75 miles) north west of Srinagar , the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. People living along the ceasefire line dividing Kashmir into India and Pakistan-administered portions have continually been at risk due to hostility between the armies of the two nuclear rivals. India on Sunday alledged a ceasefire violation by Pakistan along what New Delhi prefers to call the International Border and Working Boundary by Islamabad, snaking the southern Jammu region of the disputed area. The Indian army in northern Uri district say it has increased its vigil along the Line of Control (LOC), another military line that further divides the region up to the Siachen glaciers. Both Pakistan and India have traded blame over unprovoked shelling which India says is aimed to facilitate the crossover of rebels to their side, a charge Pakistan denies. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI/AHMEDABAD -- An alert has been sounded in Gujarat and all metros by central security agencies following reports that 10 terrorists suspected to be from Pakistan have entered the western state to carry out attacks against high-value targets.

Security was today intensified across Gujarat, which cancelled leave of all police personnel. Two NSG teams comprising nearly 200 personnel have been sent to Ahmedabad from Delhi.

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

A Pakistani fishing boat was seized by a BSF patrol party on Friday after its occupants fled upon seeing the security personnel in the Koteshwar creek area off the Kutch coast along the Indo-Pakistan border, heightening the security concerns.

As Shivratri falls tomorrow, 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, the sources said.

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

In view of the 2 Jan terror attack in Pathankot airbase, security agencies were not taking any chances and all possible steps are being directed to prevent any possible terror attacks, they said.

Gujarat DGP PC Thakur said combing operations have started across various locations. Policemen were seen patrolling the highways since early this morning.

Thakur issued orders late last night cancelling leave of all officers and personnel and said they were prepared to deal with any situation.

"We are on high alert and prepared to deal any situation. We have started combing operations across various locations. We have also sensitised places that see high rate of footfall," he said.

High level meetings, headed by state Home Secretary PK Taneja, were held in Gandhinagar early this morning and late last night.

In Kolkata, security has been stepped up at NSC Bose International Airport after an email 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, officials said.

The cyber crime team of the airport is probing the matter.

Luggages and cars of passengers are being throughly checked while various parts of the airport are being scanned, officials said.

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