Terror Alert Lands NSG in Gujarat

Following info on 10 terrorists sneaking in, Centre deploys three teams in Ahmedabad, one in Somnath temple; increased security, patrolling in Kutch.

Published: 07th March 2016 04:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th March 2016 05:34 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Centre has deployed four National Security Guard (NSG) teams in Gujarat strengthening the security apparatus of vital installations, following an intelligence alert that 10 terrorists had infiltrated into the State from Pakistan to carry out terror strikes.

The inputs, which are learnt to be specific, also warned about the terrorists’ plan to strike at the Somnath temple ahead of Mahashivaratri on Monday. PC Thakur, DGP Gujarat, said Gujarat police, with the pro-active assistance of Central agencies, are on the job to thwart any attempts. Thakur said of the four NSG teams, three will be deployed in Ahmedabad and one will be deployed at the Somnath temple.

“Looking at the Mahashivaratri celebrations, which attract lakhs of pilgrims, we have started combing operations, setting up check-posts and organised searches for suspects,” Thakur said.

terror alert.JPGThakur also held a meeting with the NSG and State police officers to take stock of the situation on the ground and review the security apparatus of various vital installations in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, railway stations and airports. After the meeting, a decision was made to rush one NSG unit to the Somnath temple in Gir-Somnath district.

“The information about terror strikes received by us is authentic and verified. There are three main pilgrimage spots in Gujarat, including Somnath, Nageshwar Jyotirling in Dwarka and Bhavnath in Junagadh. We have already asked local police to beef up security at these places,” said Thakur.

A notification was also issued cancelling the leave of all police personnel. Senior officers have been tasked to carry out search operations at vulnerable locations, particularly in areas bordering Pakistan.

Rajni Patel, Gujarat MoS, Home Affairs, said coastal as well as border police near Kutch have been alerted to take all necessary measures to beef up security and patrolling.

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