The state police are on alert for a possible terror threat in the city following the bomb blast at Varanasi on December 7, 2010, and the arrest of two suspected Lashkar-e-Tayyeba terrorists in Thane in November.
An advisory, a copy of which was accessed by the HT, has been issued to all police stations warning that the Indian Mujahideen could be planning an attack. The Indian Mujahideen is a homegrown terror outfit accused of several attacks since 2008, including bomb blasts in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
The alert added: “The Popular Front of India (PFI) and Wahdat-e-Islam [a group linked to the PFI] are very active in Vidarbha and Marathwada.”
PFI is the radical group that chopped off the right hand of Professor TJ Joseph Moolvattupuzha on July 4, 2010, in Kochi for “preparing a question paper with objectionable remarks about Prophet Mohammed”.
The advisory asked the police to keep a watch on suspicion-arousing foreigners, to survey unsecured wi-fi connections and ask their owners to secure them.
Terror groups have been accessing unsecured wi-fi connections to send e-mail threats.
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) KP Raghuvanshi said it was a routine advisory.
“We issue such advisories before important events,” he added.
The advisory asked beat marshals to maintain relationships with locals in their areas to step up intelligence gathering.
“…defence establishments were surveyed by Indian Mujahideen and Kashmiri terrorists, so all police stations that have defence and oil installations in their jurisdiction should visit them and strengthen their security,” said the advisory.
It asked the police to ensure that private security agencies conduct thorough background checks on the Kashmiri youths they employ.
The advisory also said
radical groups are trying to spread their influence inside jails.