Delhi on high alert as 9 Pakistani terrorists sneak in ahead of Independence Day: Report

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Security forces in New Delhi are in a state of high alert after intelligence input that at least nine terrorists from Pakistan have sneaked into the capital ahead of Independence Day celebrations.

The input has been generated in the wake of the Gurdaspur terror attacks on a police station last month, in which 13 people were killed.

A cache of arms had already reached the national capital three months ago and the same were meant to be used in possible terror attacks, a major national tabloid reported.

“The routine Saturday meeting at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), where all the arms of Indian intelligence are present to share intelligence inputs with one another, had thrown up this input. It has since been circulated to all of us with the direction to maintain top-notch vigil and remain at the highest level of preparedness to avert any terror attack. So we have beefed up security at all the establishments that are under our watch,” the CISF sources said.

With August 15 fast approaching, the security forces are taking all inputs at face value.

“Whenever we receive such inputs, we always put these through our system of verification by way of which we decide the preciseness of information and the immediacy of the threat. We always cross-check how specific such inputs are. However, on occasions of national importance like August 15 and January 26, we do not take any chances. So we take all such inputs at face value and circulate these among all arms of the security apparatus,” the intelligence officer explained.

It is also being believed that the possible terror attack in Delhi could be the extension of the recent Gurdaspur terror attack, where the three terrorists killed could be part of the group of nine that have entered India illegally.