Delhi, Guj on high alert after ‘terror’ threat

New Delhi/Ahmedabad: Delhi was on Sunday put on high alert after police reportedly received inputs that 10 suspected LeT and JeM militants believed to have entered India from Pakistan through Gujarat may have sneaked into the capital for an attack even as four elite NSG teams were rushed to the western state.
On the eve of ‘Maha Shivratri’ festival, Gujarat as well as other metros were also on high alert with raids conducted at Kutch and other places, security being beefed up at vital installations, sensitive areas and at all main temples including the famous Somnath temple where a NSG team has been deployed.
The Gir-Somnath district authorities have postponed tomorrow’s cultural event at Somnath temple owing to the threat.
In Kolkata, security has been stepped up at NSC Bose International Airport after an e-mail threat that it would be blown up within 24 hours, airport officials said.
The e-mail came in the airport manager’s ID early today and it was claimed to have been sent from Germany, they said.
In New Delhi, security was beefed up at vital installations, important buildings and crowded places after Delhi Police received inputs about a potential terror strike in the city. A constant vigil was maintained near prominent malls, hospitals, schools and colleges.
The Special Cell and Crime Branch of Delhi Police have been briefed about the input separately, so that activities of gangs operating in and around the city and elements with suspected terror links can be monitored.
The police are also ensuring that CCTV cameras at all places with high footfall, like popular markets in the city and metro stations are functional. Patrolling across the city has been intensified.
Security has been ramped up at major religious sites in Gujarat like Somnath Temple and Akshardham and in metro cities — Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Bengaluru.
Vital installations across the metros like railway stations and airports are also being secured.
An Advisory has been issued to enhance security at all strategic locations, sensitive industrial sites and religious places in Gujarat after intelligence inputs suggested that the terrorists have entered the state taking the sea route, official sources said.
Gujarat director general of police PC Thakur held a meeting with NSG officials in Gandhinagar and announced that one team will be sent to step up security at Somnath temple in Gir-Somnath district. Thakur issued orders late last night cancelling leave of all policemen.
“Four teams of NSG reached here (Gandhinagar) last night. Out of these, three will remain here, while one team will go to Somnath,” he said. The size of each team could vary between 50 to 90 personnel.
AI flight checked for bomb after threat call
An Air India flight which arrived here from Delhi was today checked for bomb after evacuation of its passengers, as the police had received a phone call which claimed that a bomb was planted in the plane. “Calangute police received a call about a bomb planted in the flight AI516 flying to Goa,” a senior Airports Authority of India (AAI) official told PTI.
“After receiving the call upon the flight’s take-off, police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), AAI officials and the bomb disposal squad were summoned,” he said.
“The plane which landed at Vasco at 2 PM, was moved towards the Indian Navy apron, and checked thoroughly for the presence of a bomb,” he said.
“Initially, it looks like a hoax call, but we are not taking any chance,” the official said, with the bomb disposal squad still in action.
89 passengers and 7 crew members were travelling on the flight, he said. Goa Airport Director KS Rao could not be contacted for a reaction.