Major Indian cities were put on high alert on Wednesday after the Delhi Police issued a warning about the entry of three heavily armed Pakistani terrorists, who might be suicide bombers, into the country.
Punjab, which has witnessed two terror attacks in less than six months, was the first to be put on high alert based on the input, followed by Delhi, Mumbai and Goa. In January this year, terrorists had attacked an air force base in Punjab’s Pathankot, killing seven military personnel.
"An alert has been issued in the state (Punjab) after we received an input from the special cell of Delhi police," a senior official in Punjab police told PTI.
Mumbai police issued a security alert, under section 144 of CrPC, suspecting terror attack through the aerial route.
#Flash Mumbai police issues security alert under section 144 of CrPC suspecting terror attack through aerial route.
— ANI (@ANI_news) April 6, 2016
The terrorists are travelling from Jammu and Kashmir in a grey Swift Dzire car along with a local resident and are expected to cross the Banihal tunnel later tonight, the alert says, adding their target could be in Delhi, Goa and Mumbai.
Indian agencies had in March received information from their Pakistani counterparts about the possibility of 10 terrorists infiltrating into the country from across the border. Security agencies had then launched a nationwide search for the infiltrators in which three suspected terrorists were killed. The details of the operation are yet to be made public.
The alert issued by Punjab's Director General of Police (Law and Order) to all the Commissioners and SSPs in the state, highlights the car "bearing registration number JK-01 AB-2654 is carrying three Pakistani militants and a local. The Pakistani militants have sufficient arms, ammunition and possibly suicide belt."
Police officers have been asked to focus on strict checking of vehicles, security of vital installations including police buildings and defence establishments, religious places, markets, malls, railway stations and tracks, and educational institutions.
In July last year, the state had witnessed an attack in Dinanangar of the border Gurdaspur district.
(With PTI inputs)
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