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No threat of imminent attack: Chidambaram

Home Minister P Chidambaram said there are terrorists groups plotting attacks against India but there is no specific threat of an imminent attack.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2009 02:18 IST

Home Minister P Chidambaram said there are terrorists groups plotting attacks against India but there is no specific threat of an imminent attack.

“...but that does not mean that, as I speak to you, there is a specific threat of an imminent attack anywhere. There are groups which are plotting against India. Therefore the threat against India remains.

“But that does not mean that there is an imminent threat and imminent attack tomorrow or day after,” he told reporters briefing them on the deliberations of the conference of the chief ministers on internal security. Chidambaram was replying to questions about the statement made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his inaugural speech that there was credible information of ongoing plans of terrorist groups to carry out attacks in India.

The Home Minister said both he and the Prime Minister have said that that despite the fact that the last terrorist attack in India was in November, the gravity of threat has in no way receded.

“That threat remains. Now when there is a terrorist threat to India, one has to assume that the threat could be to any part of India. I said in my opening statement we cannot afford to lower our guard and we shall not lower our guard,” he said.