New Delhi, Aug 14: Security has been beefed up across the country, especially at all BJP offices ahead of the Independence Day. According to Intelligence Bureau, a possible 26/11-like terror attack may shatter the country once again.
Terrorists may enter through sea or might use the air route to strike using a para gliders to attack the country. Security agencies alerted all officials to remain alert on the occasion of Independence Day to thwart any such attempt.
Not only BJP offices but many other prominent places, such as Lotus Temple, Malls in Noida, Metro Stations, Red Fort and eminent political personalities too are on the hit list of the terrorists.
In a communication to all the forces and state police the Ministry has cited an April 16 input suggesting that Al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent (AQIS) was actively engaged in planning attack against India at Indian Naval facilities and other unsecured waterfronts as potential target.
"In this regard the Southern Naval Command in Kochi (INS Venduruthy), Western Naval Command in Mumbai and the Naval base in Karwar (INS Kadamba) could be targeted," it said adding that Gujarat may also be targeted.
The communication said an input received in Sept 2014 claims that AQIS has been planning to target BJP offices, commercial, tourist, religious, aviation and railway infrastructure in various states.
To counter threat from remote pilotless vehicles, remote controlled aircraft, para gliders and hang gliders, open grounds and spaces, abandoned air strips etc allowing lift off or launching pads for these flying objects need to be identified and suitably secured by patrolling and deploying of security forces.
"Checks of flying/gliding clubs may be carried out to rule out use of aero modules by hostile elements," it said. According to another uncorroborated input the ISI has "plan to hijack/explode Air India flights operating in Kabul-Delhi sector as they are being used by senior Indian officials."
(With agency inputs)