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'Terrorists eye new targets in India'

However, Home Minister Patil assures that Govt is capable of dealing with the nefarious game plans of terrorists.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 13:44 IST

Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Wednesday said IT establishments, national laboratories and other research institutions vital for the country's progress had emerged as new targets for terror attacks.

But, he assured that the government was capable of dealing with the nefarious game plans of terrorists.

Replying to a string of queries in the Rajya Sabha on the growing tentacles of terrorists, especially in South India, Patil said the government had identified terror outfits in southern states but asserted that their numbers were not large.

"We have identified the terrorist outfits in southern states, including Karnataka, but their number is not big," he said.

He added that the Centre had been sensitising the state governments about the threat perception and activities of terrorist groups from time to time.

Asked whether the Centre was aware of the terrorist plan to attack the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore in December last year, the minister said sometimes the government had "actionable intelligence" about terrorist designs.

"But in several cases, the government is not aware of the exact time and the place for a terror attack," he said.

Patil said the Centre had intelligence input about a likely attack in Karnataka and the state government had been informed about it.

He also said the Director of the IISc was averse to the idea of deployment of police on the campus.

"This is true not only of the IISc but almost all other educational institutions which tend to disapprove of any deployment of police on their campuses."

He said there were two terrorist incidents -- one in Andhra Pradesh and the other in Karnataka -- in 2005.

First Published: Mar 01, 2006 13:44 IST