THE CENTRE sent the alert on possible terror strikes based on similar information from two different sources. Besides information provided by Pakistan National Security Advisor Naseer Khan Janjua, the Indian intelligence establishment is learnt to have received a phone intercept of suspected terror chatter where Jammu and Kashmir was mentioned.
Intelligence inputs from the intercept and the information provided by Janjua were shared with various central and state police forces on Saturday. Sources said the intercept, however, does not provide specific information about the terrorists’ movement or their location. There is also no mention of the attacks being carried out on Shivratri.
“There is no independent corroboration of information provided by Pakistan. There are intercepts but they are about Jammu and Kashmir. But we are taking all precautions and that is why the NSG has been moved to Gujarat. We don’t want to be found wanting if the information turns out to be correct,” said a senior official.
Late on Friday, the BSF also found an abandoned Pakistan boat in the Koteshwar creek area of the Kutch coast. Sources, however, said that it was unlikely that the boat was used by terror elements.
“The boat had 10 kilograms of crabs. Generally, Pakistan fishermen stray into India and enter narrow creeks, usually not patrolled by the BSF, to fish for crabs. It seems the boat was used by fishermen who fled after seeing the BSF approaching them,” said a BSF officer.
Sources said the site where the boat was found is about 20 kilometres away from the nearest Indian village in Gujarat. “This route has to be traversed through marshes. There is a road 10 km away, but that is regularly patrolled by the BSF. So anyone trying to reach Gujarat through this route has to go via marshes, which would be near impossible with all the load that terrorists carry, and would take too long,” said the officer.
While 10 terrorists are suspected to have entered India, there is as yet no information about which route they may have taken. The nationwide alert was sounded following inputs that the terrorists had entered India through Gujarat. Security at all significant religious places that attract large crowds during festivals has been beefed up.