Chennai, March 18: The Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert stating that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba is planning to launch a major 26/11 type attack in India. The IB alert says that the group may target Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
The Lashkar has been readying for a major offensive for quite some time now. However the decision to carry out the attack could be released to the Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi issue, Intelligence Bureau officials tell OneIndia.
The IB alert says that these would be 'fidayeen'-styled attacks and aimed at undertaking a hostage crisis. The message would basically try and convey that India should stop pressurizing Pakistan into not releasing Lakhvi.
Further the attack which will have the blessings of the ISI is also aimed at embarassing the Pakistan government which has been accused by the ISI and the military of being soft and buckling to pressure by India.
Police stations ordered to be on high alert
The alert directs all police stations in high sensitive cities and states to be on high alert. The alert further states that the movement of people in and out of the state needs to be monitored.
The IB also does not rule out the possibility of the terrorists making an attempt to enter the country through the seas. Tamil Nadu and Gujarat in particular need to be on high alert the IB has stated. The coasts along these states are extremely vulnerable.
The Lashkar has been making attempts to launch an offensive in Tamil Nadu in particular. It has been roping in several persons from Sri Lanka and an attack in Tamil Nadu could also try and send a message to India about the close ties to Sri Lanka.
The state of Gujarat has been on high alert ever since the coast guards intercepted a Pakistan boat which had come in to carry out an attack. It was found during the various intercepts that a similar attempt would be soon to infiltrate into India through the seas and stage a major attack.