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All states on high terror alert

Union home ministry has put all states on alert following intelligence inputs that terror groups could carry out subversive activities and even try to trigger communal tension during the festive season.

The home ministry, in its advisory, has asked the state police to deployed addition security personnel at places that attract high foot fall like markets, shopping malls, railway stations, airports, bus terminals and religious places.

Specific intelligence inputs available with the Central government reveal that following surgical strikes by India, Pakistan-based terror outfits were planning a major strike in Indian cities, particularly during the ongoing festive season. Thus as a precautionary measure all state police has been directed to maintain a high state of vigil.

The police force of important cities likes Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad have been advised to be extra careful during Dussehra, Durga Puja and Moharram festivities.

“The states must ensure not to allow any provocative sloganeering, especially near mosques and dargahs, besides places where idols have been installed. Observance of festivals at disputed places, processions through non-traditional routes and forcible collection of donations, besides eve teasing often trigger communal tensions,’’ the home ministry advisory states.

The police has Ben asked to deploy addition personnel at crowded pandals and immersion processions as they are potentially “soft targets” for militant groups. “Special watch on pandals, procession routes and venues of immersion would be desirable to prevent communal incidents and other law and order problems,” the advisory states.

Intelligence sources said security has also been beefed up for Parliament campus as inputs suggest terror groups, particularly Jaish-e-Mohammed, may target it. Central agencies had carried out a major security audit at Parliament a few days ago in an attempt to plug the possible loopholes.

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