90 sleeper cells in Hyderabad and Karimnagar, says IB

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Hyderabad, July 1: The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has said that the Telangana government must reign in on the large number of sleeper cells in the state.

There are key areas in the state which are problem prone and according to the IB there are around 90 sleeper cells in Hyderabad and Karimnagar district.

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This is a surprisingly large number and the cells are indulging in various activities including propagating terror. These cells have various roles which include launching acts of terror to communally charging up the place.

Telangana is no stranger to terror. Hyderabad has been struck several times by terrorists. Attacks at the Lumbini Park, Gokuk Chat and Dilsukhnagar in recent times have been major strikes killing scores of people.

Speaking about the large number of sleeper cells, the Intelligence Bureau points out to the operations of both the HuJI and the Indian Mujahideen which have struck Hyderabad in the past.

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Both these outfits had sent in operatives from outside the state to orchestrate the attack. However investigations had found that it was the local sleeper cells which set the ground work which included aiding the reconnaissance and also providing shelter for the operatives.

Now with several arrests being carried out in Telangana which are ISIS related, the role of these sleeper cells is also being examined. The police will have to reign in on these sleeper cells failing which the problem could worsen, IB officials say.

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