Four terrorists of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed have entered Delhi and are planning to strike during the festival season, security agencies revealed on Thursday. Airports across north India have been placed on high alert.
According to media reports quoting Intelligence sources, a special cell of the Delhi Police received an alert on Wednesday evening about the presence of the terrorists in the national capital. All four are said to be heavily armed.
Delhi Police’s Special Cell conducted raids at nine locations in Delhi including Paharganj, Seelampur, Jamia Nagar and parts of northeast Delhi on Wednesday night.
The threat was discussed at a meeting at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home this morning.
“We are on alert and taking all anti-terrorism measures. We are working on all inputs. There is nothing to worry,” MS Randhawa, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central Delhi) told mediapersons.
An “orange alert”, which is a notch lower than the highest state of emergency, is in place at important installations and security has been tightened on IAF bases in north India.
According to inputs received by the Defence ministry and intelligence agencies, the Jaish-e-Mohammed has been plotting a suicide attack on air bases. A threat letter dated September 10 was received by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.
The letter in Hindi is reportedly from one Shamsher Wani of Jaish and claims revenge for the government’s Article 370 decision.
Security agencies have been receiving inputs about possible terror strikes against the government’s decision to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor are already on the hit list of terrorist groups.