Delhi on High alert after intel warning of terrorist planning to attack the capital

Intelligence officials sources said a special cell of the Delhi Police received an alert last evening about the presence of the terrorists in the capital

New Delhi: Around four terrorists of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed have entered Delhi and are planning to strike during the festival season, inputs received by security agencies reveal. Airports across north states of India have been placed on high alert and security has been enhanced, said, officials.

Intelligence officials sources said a special cell of the Delhi Police received an alert last evening about the presence of the terrorists in the capital. All four are said to be heavily armed. The alert led to searches across Delhi, especially in its more crowded neighborhoods.

This morning terror threat was discussed at a meeting at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home.

We are on alert and taking all anti-terrorism measures. We are working on all inputs. There is nothing to worry,” said MS Randhawa, Deputy Commissioner of Police.

In recent weeks security agencies have received inputs about attacks in retaliation against the government’s decision to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and split it into two union territories.

The country has been in a state of high alert after intel warnings after abrogation article 370. The home ministry put out an alert to all states following a threat naming 30 major cities. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is also alert to a threat to frontline bases following multi-agency inputs.

Several raids are being conducted by the Special Cell of Delhi Police at several locations across the city after the intelligence inputs suggested that three to four members of Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad may have infiltrated into the city.

The Delhi Police has also intensified several areas patrolling and picketing across the national capital as the city gears up for Durga Puja and Ramlila to ensure the safety and security of people, especially women and children.

An “orange alert”, which is a notch lower than the highest state of emergency, is in place at important installations. security has been tightened across Jammu and Kashmir regions and on IAF bases in Srinagar, Awantipora, Jammu, Pathankot, and Hindon.

According to security sources and inputs received by the defense ministry and intelligence agencies, the Jaish-e-Mohammed has been plotting fidayeen or suicide attacks on airbases. The inputs include a threat letter dated 10 September, received by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security. The letter in Hindi is reportedly received from one Shamsher Wani of Jaish and claims revenge for the government’s Article 370 decision.

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