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Terrorists plan to attack during Diwali; defence bases on orange alert

Terrorists of the JeM have been trying different cities from Delhi to Coimbatore but the intelligence and security agencies have foiled their attempts so far

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Since the virtual abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan-sponsored terrorists are on the lookout to strike India. Intelligence agencies have received information that a large group of terrorists have infiltrated into Punjab and its surrounding areas.

The input received by security forces on Wednesday morning warned that the terrorists were going to attack India’s defence bases. Following the input, the Pathankot, Jammu, Srinagar and Avantipura defence installations have been alerted. Security has been tightened around military bases, too.

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“The defence bases in and around Punjab and Jammu are on high alert. The Indian Air Force has put its airbases in Punjab including Pathankot and Jammu on an orange alert,” government sources said. “The forces gave inputs this morning after which all precautions are being taken to protect the defence bases,” they said. A similar intelligence input was received earlier that said terrorists would try to launch an attack on the Indian security installations.

Technically, it’s an orange alert, just below the red alert. The terror threat perception, sources said, has been fluctuating in intensity for the past few weeks.

Terrorists looking for targets across India

Late last month, intelligence agencies had issued a warning that eight to 10 JeM terrorists were up to some mischief in the area. The input suggested a suicide attack on the IAF bases in and around Jammu and Kashmir. All major IAF bases had been put on high alert following the intelligence report.

Also in Delhi in early October, security arrangements were heightened after intelligence agencies said that four heavily-armed JeM terrorists had entered the capital and that they would strike during the festive season, most possibly on Diwali.

There are inputs of possible terrorist attacks in southern India as well. The security forces have recovered some abandoned boats in Sir Creek. “We’re taking precautions to ensure that designs of inimical elements and terrorists do not succeed,” a police official had said.

Following the intelligence report, the Special Cell of Delhi Police raided several locations across Delhi.

In August, cities in Tamil Nadu like Chennai and Coimbatore were placed on high alert.

Earlier in the year 2016, Pakistani terrorists had attacked the Pathankot airbase. The attack was carried out by four Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists.

Pakistan, since the removal of Article 370 by India, has violated the bilaterally agreed cease-fire on multiple occasions while it found India impregnable when it tried to retaliate to India’s Balakot airstrike. Given its relative weakness in military might, Pakistan’s age-old strategy of “bleeding India through a thousand cuts”, which refers to the idea of a proxy war on India using terrorists, is the only way out for it to address the radical Islamic constituency in the domestic circuit, which has grown up on the idea that in the Partition of 1947, a Muslim-dominated Kashmir should have gone to Pakistan.

Pakistan has raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in the United Nations General Assembly and United Nations Security Council, but the response from the international community has been less than lukewarm. Pakistan issued the nuclear threat, too, again not for the first time, but when the world did not take it seriously, terrorists alone can salvage the situation for the Islamic state.

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