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Maoist terror reaches Delhi's outskirts

india Updated: Nov 16, 2009 02:46 IST
Tushar Srivastava
Tushar Srivastava
Hindustan Times
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Bastar may be far from here, but the Naxalites aren’t. They are just outside Delhi, in Faridabad, said India’s top security officials at a meeting recently.

“Around Delhi, there is some Naxal presence in Faridabad,” said a confidential document detailing the discussions, and accessed by Hindustan Times.

<b1>But the threat is not as alarming as it may sound. “Available intelligence inputs, however, indicate that as of now their capability to strike in Delhi in a big way is lacking,” said the minutes.

No one is taking chances, however. “All branches from all locations of Special Protection Group have been alerted in view of the reported threat,” the minutes of the meeting stated.

The meeting was called to discuss Naxal threat to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and their families.

It was noted that the threats were a matter of “grave concern” and they must be taken seriously. “The input further states that the outfit has threatened action similar to that taken by LTTE against Rajiv Gandhi,” it said.

Top sources in the Delhi Police confirmed there was a “clear and present danger” from the Maoist and they were closely coordinating with other agencies on this front.

“There is a need to keep a watch on various construction sites in Delhi where the workers are predominantly from areas affected by Naxalism,” said a senior police officer, who refused to be identified because of the sensitive nature of
the subject.