‘Disturbing inputs’ about terror attack at Shivratri: Army commander

  • PTI, Pathankot
  • Updated: Mar 06, 2016 00:05 IST
A file photo of Lt Gen KJ Singh, who is the commanding officer of the Western Army Command. (HT File Photo)

There are some “disturbing” inputs about a terror attack in India aimed at creating the “maximum media impact” during the festival of Shivratri and the current session of Parliament, a top army commander disclosed on Saturday with an assurance that steps have been taken to deal with it.

“There are security-related problems today. You know, Maha Shivratri is coming. There are inputs which are disturbing but notwithstanding that extra care has been taken,” Western Army Commander Lt Gen KJ Singh said at a press conference.

When asked to elaborate, he refused but said such events are planned to create “maximum media impact”.

“See elaboration is neither required nor warranted. These events (terror attacks) are planned to create maximum media impact and when can you create a media impact when Parliament is in session, when a festival is taking place, so both happen to be going on.. So that is why, there are inputs but we have taken steps against that. I must assure you of that,” he said.

The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of the Western Command went on to add that such an attack will not disrupt any festivities or the functioning of Parliament as the Indian Army is prepared for any eventuality.

“We want to tell whoever has got this mischievous intentions that nothing can deter us, one Pathankot, one Arnia, one Janglot, once more Samba, cannot deter us. This nation is too great. Indian army is fully organised. We will take care of every situation,” Lt Gen Singh said.

When asked about inputs that some Pakistan-based terrorist commanders were in touch with their Kashmiri counterparts, he said, “there are certain inputs. There are certain indications. I should only tell you this much that we are fully prepared for that.”

With regard to the detection of a tunnel in Jammu on the International Border with Pakistan, he said it had helped avert a major terror attack.

He added that a survey will be carried out in all the border areas to see if there are any more such tunnels, for which a team of officials of Home Ministry and other security agencies has been formed.

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