Gujarat on high alert to prevent terror attacks during polls.
State intelligence bureau (SIB) has come out with a new action plan for Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP, after receiving an alert from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) at the Centre.
Over the past two days, IB had informed the state IB that a few terrorist groups like SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) and IM (Indian Mujahideen) have been planning a terror strike during the upcoming Lok Sabha election.
According to information available with IB, several places where terror attacks may be carried out include Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Somnath and Ambaji. A public meeting that generally draws huge crowds can also be targeted.
“We have received around 10 threat alerts in the last two months. Out of them, five were related to Modi only. So, more than 150 intelligence officers have been asked by the SIB to tighten vigil at all possible targets,” said sources.
Simi and IM have been involved in many terrorist activities in the country like the 2008 Ahmadabad serial blasts, Jaipur blast and IM played a key role in the Delhi blast also. IB even received a major alert about a major attack on the Gujarat chief minister from the terrorists arrested in Hyderabad last year.
An IB alert to state IB further stated: “Simi wants Yasin Bhatkal released from the custody of NIA (National Investigation Agency).” He was arrested from Uttar Pradesh last year.
“We have taken sufficient action to protect VVIPs as well as common people with the help of the state IB. So, we hope this election will have no law and order issues,” said an IB official.
“IM wants to expand terrorist activities in north and some communally sensitive parts of India. But if Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister, its activities will not run for long. So, they don’t want Modi as prime minister,” said a source.
The state IB has also taken the help of NIA and IB to ensure security in the state for the election.
150 intelligence officers have been asked by the state IB to tighten vigil at all possible targets
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