India is ramping up security at its missions in Afghanistan and Nepal, even as it expects a ‘hot year’ of terror attacks, government officials said.
Security is being increased following intelligence inputs about increased threats of terrorist attacks in the two countries.
A team of 40 Indo-Tibetan Border Police commandos will be flying to Kabul on Saturday, primarily to secure an upcoming building complex where all Indian officials posted there would be moved into.
At present, the officials are living in different places and are very vulnerable, a senior government official said. The new complex will be a fortified one, with hi-tech security gadgets, a high boundary wall and close circuit cameras.
The first security assessment after the February-end attack in Kabul has spoken about the possibility of kidnappings and killings of officials. There are also inputs of more suicide attacks occurring.
Home Ministry officials said security experts would conduct a second, and more detailed security audit of all Indian assets in Afghanistan after National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon’s final report reaches the home ministry.
These measures, however,leave out nearly 4,000 Indians working in Afghanistan for private companies. The government has made it clear it cannot guarantee their security.
But an attack on India’s missions abroad is not all that the government has to worry about. The Lashkar-e-Tayyeba is desperately trying to make its presence felt, right from Kashmir to Cochin.
Cochin was put on alert on Saturday after intercepts of cross-border conversations indicated the southern city was being targeted by the Laskhar-e-Tayyeba.
Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday asked Islamabad to reinvent itself as a responsible neighbour.