THE STATE Government on Friday sounded a high alert asking the officers to foil any attempt by terrorists. The alert was sounded following reports that a group of 40 ‘fidayeen’ was making attempts to enter India from Nepal while many of them might have already infiltrated into UP.
Besides, there are indications that the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba was keen on carrying out a major attack on the pattern of recent bomb blasts in the main cities of India.
The intelligence reports sent by the Union Home Ministry to the State Government indicated that at least one such major attack was planned by the group.
Principal secretary (home) Satish Kumar Agarwal and DGP Bua Singh jointly circulated the Home Ministry reports to all the district magistrates, the district police chiefs, the divisional commissioners, the DIGs and the Igs, asking them to intensify patrolling and ensure deployment of adequate security personnel at important places.
Besides, the officers were asked to take appropriate steps to maintain communal harmony.
The government said, “The intelligence agencies based in Pakistan have renewed their focus on Nepal. Fake currencies are also being smuggled into India through this country. Besides, several bases set up by the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and the Hizbul Muzahideen in Nepal are lying along the Indo-Nepal border.”
“Sea routes are likely to be used to push Pakistani Mujahideen and trained youths into India. Similarly, the Indian youths will be sent to Pakistan for training in arms and ammunitions,” the government added.
Significantly, the government also asked the district officials to focus on reports of ‘fidayeen’ and the Maoists who had ISI links. They were asked to upgrade the security-related infrastructure along the border particularly, the check posts.
It further asked the officers to take immediate steps to ensure that security of important public places and vital installations was strengthened.
The officers were asked to convene a meeting with the managers of religious and all other places like cinema halls, shopping complexes, malls, hotels, schools, railway stations, bus stations, airports, television, radio stations and power houses etc.