Early on 7th March, an alert was issued in Delhi warning of possible Pakistani militants crossing borders into Indian Territory to attack the capital. According to Indian intelligence reports, some 10 Pakistani militants belonging to Lashkar e Taiba (LeT) and Jaish e Muhammad (JeM), both banned outfits in Pakistan, have sneaked into Delhi for a possible attack on the capital. Intelligence sources say that alleged Pakistani militants may attack markets and malls in Delhi owing to which security has been beefed up at all public places in the capital.
Earlier, a similar alert was sounded for Gujrat following reports that 10 alleged Pakistani militants may have entered the state to carry out an attack. Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) patrol seized a Pakistani fishing boat on Friday, the occupants of which fled upon sighting the security personnel. The incident happened in the Koteshwar creek, an area off the Kutch coast situated along the Indo-Pakistan border.
7th March marks Shivratri, a Hindu festival, in wake of which security at all religious sites in Gujrat such as, the Somnath Temple and Akshardham, the have been increased. Same measures have been taken in various cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Chennai. Delhi is taking the possibility of alleged Pakistani militants crossing into India rather seriously in wake of the Pathankot airbase attack that took place on the 2nd January, 2016. All possible steps were being taken in order to prevent another tragedy, the sources said.
The DGP of Gujrat P. C. Thakur said that combined operations had already started in various cities, the prime objective of which is to capture the alleged Pakistani militants. Policemen could be seen patrolling the highways since the break of dawn on the 7th of March in India. Thakur said,
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We are on high alert and prepared to deal with any situation. We have started combing operations across various locations. We have also sensitized places that see high rate of footfall.