New Delhi, Aug. 6 (ANI): Officials of the Home Ministry have warned that Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba has plans to target three major cities including Delhi on the occasion of Independence Day.
According to a top Home Ministry official, Kolkata and Hyderabad cities are the other two targets of the LeT apart from the national capital (Delhi).
Intelligence agencies have given specific inputs that LeT, responsible for innumerable terror strikes including 26/11 in Mumbai, is planning to target the three metros in the run-up to the Independence Day, the official said.
The information has already shared this information with the State Governments of West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi.
To keep a strict watch on anti-national elements, searches and regular screening at all the exit and entry points of Delhi is being carried out.
The officials say that the next 10 days are very crucial. "We are taking all necessary steps to foil the designs of LeT to strike at the three cities, the official stated.
The intelligence input shared included an interrogation report of some recent catches of terrorists made along the LoC who claimed that they had been tasked to meet some of the terror cells in these cities to carry out attacks ahead of the Independence Day.
Meanwhile, security at important public places and vital installations, including Delhi Metro and railway stations, bus terminals and crowded marketplaces, has been beefed up.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will unfurl the National Flag and give a speech to the nation from the ramparts of historic Red Fort on the occasion of Independence Day (August 15). (ANI)