Three out of 10 terrorists who reportedly crossed into India allegedly from Pakistan via Gujarat earlier this month have now been killed, sources told CNN IBN. The terrorists allegedly planned to attack Somnath temple in Gujarat.
NDTV reported that security forces are aware of the location of the other terrorists but are not revealing it in order to safeguard their anti-terrorism operations. The terrorists are suspected to belong either to Lashkar-e-Taiba or to Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist organisations. But a top home ministry official told The Hindu that it is possible that the terrorists belonged to another country.
On 6 March, an alert was sounded in Gujarat and metro cities after Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Naseer Janjua informed India’s NSA Ajit Doval of the possible infiltration by 10 terrorists who had plans to carry out attacks against high-value targets. Security was intensified across Gujarat, which cancelled leave of all police personnel. Two NSG teams comprising nearly 200 personnel were sent to Ahmedabad from Delhi as officials suspected that the terrorists would attack religious places on 7 March as it was also Maha Shivratri.
In view of the terror threat across Gujarat, the Gir-Somnath district administration even postponed a cultural event scheduled at the Somnath temple premises on 6 and 7 March. Gir-Somnath's superintendent of police AM Muniya confirmed to PTI that more than 250 police personnel were deployed at the Somnath temple and different teams were formed “to check all kinds of movements near the temple."
It was also later reported that the terrorists had managed to reach Delhi. The National Capital was put on high alert with security being enhanced at several public places.
With inputs from PTI
Published Date: Mar 16, 2016 04:00 pm | Updated Date: Mar 16, 2016 04:02 pm