An input from a Nigerian intelligence agency has the Mumbai and Delhi police fearing a major terrorist attack. Seven Daesh terrorists trained in Northern Nigeria have planned an attack on Mumbai and Delhi. Two terrorists are already in Pakistan and are looking to attack schools and army installations. These terrorists may be looking to enter India through the coastal route in the guise of local fishermen.
In Mumbai, apart from the defence installations, the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Bombay Yacht club are possible targets.
In Delhi, the targets are crowded markets, shopping malls and Bikaner house, a British-era mansion situated in the heart of the national capital, which houses the art and cultural heritage of Rajasthan. The alert asks law enforcement agencies to remain on high alert for the next four to five days and conduct all necessary anti-sabotage operations.
The Ministry of Home Affairs passed on this information to the Director General of Police in Maharashtra and Gujarat and the police commissioners of the two cities. The report was shared with Additional Commissioner of Police Ravindra Shisve of the Special Branch, which is responsible for handling and collecting intelligence for Mumbai.
Meanwhile, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) also received an input from its Director General and Railway board and has put all major railway stations on high alert. According to the message received by the DG RPF, approximately 100 terrorists have entered Mumbai and have planned to attack the Churchgate, Bandra and Kurla railway stations. All RPF inspectors have been asked to increase the patrolling and monitor the railway station CCTVs.
Railways on alert
Anan Vijay Jha, Western Railway Senior divisional railway security commissioner said, “Quick Response Reams along with dog squads have been deputed at sensitive prone locations. Security at Churchgate, Bandra, Andheri, Goregaon and Borivali has also been increased.”
Central Railway Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, Sachin Bhalode, said, “After getting the message, armed force personnel have been deputed at all important stations. We have asked for around the clock monitoring of sensitive locations and deployment of special forces.”