Lashkar threat to 10 scientists; Govt tightens security
Security around 10 scientists working in sensitive areas has been tightened in the wake of threats from Pakistan-based terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba. The scientists, who have not been identified, are working in crucial areas of nuclear, defence and space fields.delhi Updated: Jan 10, 2010 19:40 IST
Security around 10 scientists working in sensitive areas has been tightened in the wake of threats from Pakistan-based terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
The scientists who have not been identified are working in crucial areas of nuclear, defence and space fields.
The names of these scientists was mentioned by Sarfaraz Nawaz, who was deported from Muscat, during interrogation and which were further corroborated by T Nazir, LeT's pointsman in South India.
Sources said on Sunday that following corroboration of the threats, a security review was carried out after which it was decided to enhance the security of the scientists as a precautionary measures.
While Nawaz(33) was deported and brought back by security agencies from Muscat, Nazir was arrested along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Northeast recently. Both of them had played a key role in Bangalore blasts.
Nazir allegedly had a direct hand in executing the Bangalore blasts in 2008 and is accused of having supplied electronic components used by Indian Mujahideen to fabricate improvised explosive devices used in other strikes.
Based on the information from the interrogation of US terror suspect David C Headley and his accomplice Tahawwur Rana, whose roles are being probed by the security agencies, security around Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and some Bollywood studios in Mumbai have been already tightened.