Karnataka put its police force on high alert, while Tamil Nadu said a proper security mechanism is in place to deal with any terror threat as Central Intelligence agencies have warned of possible attacks by banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in cities of south India.
Officials in Bangalore said Karnataka has put its intelligence wing and special agencies including Anti-Terrorist Cell on high alert following inputs received from the Centre on possible terror strikes by the LeT.
"We received an alert last night that there is possibility of a three-member LeT gang striking at Andhra Pradesh and the
Centre wants Karnataka to be also on alert," state Home Minister V S Acharya told reporters in Bangalore on Friday.
"We have sounded our intelligence department and also special wings to step up vigilance," he said, adding, "there
is no need for panic."
In Chennai, state ADGP (Law and Order) K Radhakrishnan, told PTI, "There is a general alert and we have put in proper prevention mechanism in place."
Chennai Police Commissioner T Rajendran said, "There is no specific threat... we have been receiving inputs on and off
over the past two years. But, whether or not there is a terror alert, we have certain security system in place and a police
force with 15,000 personnel in the city is part of it which is implementing various measures," he told reporters in Chennai.