Security across Mumbai has been beefed up after an intelligence alert about a possible attack by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on railway stations and other prominent locations.
A circular issued by the state intelligence department on Monday stated an attack could be carried out by a group of eight to 10 Pakistanis operatives of the LeT any time during the next three months.
The alert came close on the heels of LeT operations commander
, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, being released from a high security jail in Rawalpindi on the orders of a Pakistani court. The Islamabad high court on Monday gave a
for completing the Mumbai attacks trial and said it would cancel Lakhvi's bail if the proceedings were not completed within this period.
The circular, a copy of which was accessed by Hindustan Times, stated the attackers, likely to be fidayeens, might travel to Mumbai by sea and be assisted by local handlers. The alert further mentioned that the possible attack could be similar to the 26/11 strike that left 166 people dead and several hundreds injured.
Following the alert, the Government Railway Police (GRP) issued a circular to all 17 railway police stations in Mumbai, directing officials to step up security at railway stations.
Every railway station has multiple entry and exit points and officials were asked to keep a watch on any suspicious activity.
GRP officials were asked to work in close coordination with their counterparts in the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and seek their help to put in place watertight security cover.
Sources in security establishment said the wing of the LeT responsible for sea-borne attacks is headed by Abu Yakub. The module is called “ice cube” and Yakub is responsible for all sea-borne attacks, including the 2008 assault on India’s financial hub.
However, even after the 2008 attacks, Yakub has not been prosecuted and continues to operate from Karachi in Pakistan, the sources claimed.