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HT Political Bureau, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 06, 2009
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday said that there were reports that Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) was planning to target three major cities on Independence Day. The cities include Delhi, where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will unfurl the tricolour from the historic Red Fort, Kolkata and Hyderabad, a senior official at the Ministry of Home Affairs said, citing intelligence inputs.

The intelligence inputs come in the backdrop of security forces ensuring an incident-free Amarnath yatra that ended on Wednesday.

“Despite a large number of attempts to infiltrate and disrupt the yatra, security forces working in close concert with the Intelligence agencies were able to ensure that it was not disrupted and that all the pilgrims were safe,”  Chidambaram said.

But the security establishment said their worries were far from over.

Intelligence agencies have given specific inputs that LeT, responsible for innumerable terror strikes including November 26, 2008 in Mumbai, is planning to target the three metros in the run-up to the Independence Day, a top home ministry official said.

The Centre has already shared the information with the governments of West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh besides informing Delhi police for necessary action.

“The next 10 days are very crucial. We are taking all necessary steps to foil the designs of LeT to strike at the three cities,” the official said.

The intelligence input shared included an interrogation report of some recent arrests of terrorists made along the LoC who claimed that they had been asked to meet some of the terror cells in these cities to carry out attacks ahead of the Independence Day.

Besides, patrolling by Sashastra Seema Bal and police personnel has been enhanced along the porous Indo-Nepal border to prevent Nepali Maoists from sneaking into Bihar and Jharkhand to aid any sinister designs.