IB warns of terror strike in Delhi on Independence Day
National Capital Delhi has been placed on high alert following reports of a probable terror attack around Independence Day. According to the Intelligence Bureau (IB), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) have been planning an attack on August 15 during Independence Day celebrations. It has asked the Delhi Police to impose severe entrance restrictions at the Red Fort.
In a 10-page report, the IB claims that terror threat looms due to LeT, JeM, and other extremist organizations. It has asked Delhi Police to implement tough entrance conditions at the Red Fort ahead of Independence Day on August 15. The report mentions recent events like the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as communal incidents in Udaipur and Amravati.
In Udaipur, Rajasthan, a tailor was killed for sharing messages in support of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma following her alleged insulting comments about Prophet Mohammad. Similarly, a veterinary pharmacist in Amravati, Maharashtra, was murdered for supporting Sharma. The incidents generated a chain reaction of events, ranging from the communal mobilization of various groups to stinging judgments by the Supreme Court.
IB has asked Delhi Police to be vigilant to prevent any attack in and around the Independence day venue. While referring to Udaipur and Amravati, intelligence agencies have urged police to keep a close eye on extremist organizations and their operations in congested areas. The intelligence agency claims that Pakistan's ISI is inciting terrorist acts by providing logistical assistance to Jaish and Lashkar terrorists.
Reportedly, the JeM and LeT have been directed to target big leaders and critical locations. The IB has asked Delhi Police and other states to watch extreme organizations ahead of Independence Day. According to its report, Afghan fighters has been included in the ISI-created Lashkar-e-Khalsa. This terrorist outfit can carry out a major terrorist strike in Jammu and Kashmir, it claimed.
According to the report, the BSF should be vigilant since terrorist organizations may deploy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and paragliders. It also ordered rigorous monitoring of the areas in Delhi where Rohingya and Afghan nationals live. In addition, the IB has urged the police to stay vigilant in the face of the Tiffin bomb, sticky bomb, and VVIED threats.