Mumbai, Jan 15: Lt General K H Singh has just issued a statement that terrorists may try and attack schools and army camps on Republic Day.
This statement comes in the wake of the Maharashtra ATS busting a ploy by ISIS sympathizers who had planned an attack on the American School in Bandra.
The American School in Bandra was a subject discussed in detail by two operatives names Anees Ansari and Omar Elhaji.
The duo had signed into the their social media accounts on a private chat had discussed indepth about a plan on carrying out an attack on the American School.
ISIS or Indian Mujahideen:
The investigators are verifying whether this Kurla based operative Ansari was part of the ISIS or the Indian Mujahideen. It is said that he was close to Riyaz Bhatkal one of the founder members of the Indian Mujahideen.
However going by his chat transcripts it appears as though he was a part of a group sympathetic to the ISIS. His plot was busted after the agencies kept a very close watch on his online activities. It was found that he was in regular touch with Elhaji who is believed to be outside the country.
Who is Omar Elhaji?
Omar Elhaji is a recruiter for the ISIS. He has been chatting up Indian youth online in a bid to lure them into terror activities. Most of his chats go on to suggest that he wants Indian youth to target American interests in India.
Elhaji which could be a pseudo name has been responsible for chatting up over 10 youth mainly from Maharashtra and luring them to carry out attacks in India. Target only American interests is what he keeps telling the youth who have shown interest in the business of Jihad.
Security in schools and army camp to be stepped up:
Schools have been soft targets and we saw something similar in the Peshawar attack. Even in India naxalites have extensively targeted schools but the only difference is that they have gone ahead and bombed the institutions when they were empty.
The government had issued guidelines for schools to up their security following the Peshawar massacre. However implementation is likely to take a lot of time as the guidelines are tough. In such an event schools will continue to remain soft targets, Intelligence Bureau officials told Oneindia.