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Special team to track terror

delhi Updated: Dec 15, 2010 01:26 IST
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The government has formed special teams of intelligence and investigating sleuths to track 31 terror suspects, including a dozen Indian Mujahideen operatives on the run, before terrorists strike again.

"They were already under investigation. But a decision has been taken to form dedicated teams to locate and arrest at least those operatives who are still in India on a full-time basis," a government source said.

The decision comes close on the heels of the bomb blast in Varanasi and the terror attack outside Jama Masjid in Delhi . Both incidents have been linked to the Indian Mujahideen which was trying to regroup. The IM is linked to over 10 serial blasts in Delhi and elsewhere, which claimed hundreds of lives.

These teams will make "concerted and continuous efforts" to apprehend the IM and Jam-I-yyathul Ansarul Muslimeen (JIAM) terror suspects on the run, a government official said.

Security agencies in their home states have also been told to intensify search while central agencies are coordinate with foreign countries where they are suspected to be in hiding, a home ministry official said.

Government sources said that a set of documents on the 31 suspects have been prepared, complete with their pictures if available, and circulated to all states and Union Territories.