Alert – Air India flight might be hijacked

Pakistan based banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) may target Air India flights on Kabul-Delhi route, a latest alert issued by intelligence agencies ahead of Independence Day has warned. Intelligence agencies have received inputs that Lashkar may target Air India flight on Delhi-Kabul route, which is frequently used by senior government officials.

Read: Centre issues terror alert ahead of Independence Day 

According to reports, about 8-10 Lashkar men are trying to enter into the Indian territory from across the border to launch multiple attacks on hotels and railway stations. The alert has come even as security agencies are busy in putting in place massive arrangement for Independence Day celebrations.

The Home Ministry has already issued a massive security alert to all states of possible terror attacks, with special focus on Delhi, Mumbai, and the border states of Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat. 

The Home Ministry warned that terror groups like SIMI, Indian Mujahideen (IM), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Tahrik-e-Furqan (TeF), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Pasban-e-Ahle Hadis (PAH) are planning to target important installations in the country.

Intelligence Bureau (IB) have also intercepted several conversations where handlers from across border were heard giving directions to attack Army and other security forces’ camps and convoys. MHA alert also said that for the first time ISI has given the responsibility to LeT to coordinate with all other terror groups. 

Recently, there has been a spate of terror attacks by LeT trained militants in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.

The Army and the Border Security Force (BSF) have deployed additional forces to step up vigil on the Indo-Pakistan border along in Jammu and Kashmir.

 The Army has deployed an additional fifty thousand troops along the border. An alert was also sounded in the four north-eastern states after separatist rebels announced a boycott of Independence Day celebrations, a home ministry official said on Tuesday.

Four frontline separatist groups in the region have called for a boycott of Independence Day and also a general strike from 12 am to 6 pm on August 15. 

Thousands of army, police and paramilitary troopers were on standby in other north-eastern states to ensure that militants are not able to indulge in violence ahead of the Independence Day celebrations, particularly in Manipur.

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