In the wake of terror inputs,the Delhi Police has asked Anti-Terrorism Squads (ATS) of nearby states such as Uttar Pradesh,Rajasthan and Haryana to share information on funding,purchase of explosive materials and movement of terrorists and sleeper cells.
Security agencies and Delhi Police personnel are in a tizzy over recent inputs on terrorists based in Kashmir and Pakistan heard talking about the Commonwealth Games,which would take place in Delhi this October. Intelligence agencies,which intercepted the messages,have alerted the Delhi Police about it and asked it to keep a check on the movement of suspected militants,especially those travelling on trains and buses through the Haryana-Delhi border. The US has also asked its citizens to exercise caution during the Commonwealth Games though it has received no specific information on terrorist threats.
According to interceptions picked up by the IB,two commanders of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) have been heard talking about striking markets and important buildings in Delhi between October 3 and 14. Officials said that militants may try to mingle among spectators during the Games or try to hide out among colonies in Delhi and NCR,waiting for the time to strike.
Rajasthan,Uttar Pradesh and Haryana ATS teams have been asked to keep a tab on purchase of ammonium nitrate,potassium nitrate,ball bearings,timers and SIM cards in bulk from any shop or dealer from their states. Passengers travelling by rail or bus to Delhi would also be checked.
In blasts that have occurred across India in the past,terrorists had bought chemicals,timers and ball bearings from dealers in these states.
The Delhi Police,the overall security agency for the Games,has put its Special Cell unit on standby for gathering information on terrorist movements. The informers have been alerted to call immediately and inform the authorities about the movement of Lashkar,Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Harkat-Ul-Mujahideen (HM) suspects towards the Capital, a source said.
In its latest alert,the state department said,In the event of the US government receiving information on any specific threat,the Department of State would provide information on that threat to the public immediately. US citizens planning on traveling to India during the Commonwealth Games should carefully read the State Departments country-specific information on India and check http://www.travel.state.gov for travel alerts and travel warnings on safety and security issues.
All US citizens who are in or travelling to India are urged to enroll with the US Mission in India to receive these alerts as quickly as possible, the State Department added.