MHA Sounds Alert, Security stepped up ahead of I-Day celebrations

Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a security alert, days ahead of the Indian Independence Day celebrations, to all states where there is a possibility of terror attacks.

Security stepped up ahead of I-Day celebrationsAccording to media reports the Home Ministry has apprehensions that militants may target important installation in states like Delhi, Mumbai, and the border states of Jammu & Kashmir and Gujarat.

“The Home Ministry warned that militant groups like SIMI, Indian Mujahideen (IM), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Tahrik-e-Furqan (TeF), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Pasban-e-Ahle Hadis (PAH) are planning to target important installations in the country.

According to reports, “Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB) has intercepted several conversations where handlers from across border were heard giving directions to attack Army and other security forces’ camps and convoys. MHA alert also said that for the first time ISI has given the responsibility to LeT to coordinate with all other militant groups.

Meanwhile Security has been stepped up across Kashmir region ahead of the Independence Day celebrations, in the aftermath of recent attacks by militants in the Valley.

Militants carried out four attacks in Shopian district of south Kashmir and summer capital Srinagar in a span of 12 hours in which 15 persons including five security force personnel were injured.

Police and CRPF personnel have been deployed in strength across the summer capital of the state and vulnerable spots in other major towns of the Valley to thwart any attacks by the militants to disrupt the Independence Day on Saturday, a police official said.

Security forces have set up temporary barricades at several places in the city and elsewhere to check any movement of militants, he said.

Kashmir valley including Srinagar has witnessed a spurt in militant attacks amid reports of a significant number of local youth joining militant ranks, besides attempts by the ultras to sneak into the Valley from across the border over the past few months, causing concern among the security agencies.

A grenade blast outside a mosque in Shopian district of south Kashmir resulted in injuries to 10 persons who were coming out of the place of worship after offering morning prayers.

The militants had planted a similar device outside the house of a Hizbul Mujahideen militant but police detected the device and destroyed it.

Four police and paramilitary personnel including two officers were injured in a grenade attack by militants outside a police station in Khanyar locality of downtown Srinagar last night. Militants yesterday opened firing on an army patrol resulting in injuries to one soldier.

Earlier this year, the ultras carried out attacks on mobile towers and service providers in Sopore, Bandipora, Handwara in north Kashmir and Srinagar which left two persons dead and several others injured.

Besides, four persons have been killed by militants in Sopore over the past two months, who carried out several grenade attacks as well.

Three hardcore militants of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit were also killed as security forces stepped up the counter- insurgency operations in Pulwama district of south Kashmir since the beginning of this month.

Various measures have been taken to ensure peace and maintain law and order during the Independence Day functions, the official said.

A thick security blanket has been thrown around vital installations here including Bakshi Stadium – the main venue of the Independence Day function in Jammu and Kashmir, where Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is scheduled to unfurl the national tricolour and take salute at the march past.


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