[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Tuesday, a high alert was sounded in Delhi after intelligence agencies informed the Special Cell of Delhi Police that two suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists had entered the national capital.
Delhi Police have asked the public to remain alert. “Anybody who spots them (terrorists) is requested to call Paharganj police station on 011-23520787 or 011-2352474,” read the advisory. Police have also stepped up vigil at all entry points.
In the photo released by cops, the two men are seen leaning on a milestone that reads Firozpur 9 km and Delhi 360 km.
This comes four days after Punjab was put on high alert following a note issued by the state police’s Counter Intelligence wing, that six to seven Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists “could be moving towards Delhi” from the state.
It had come close on the heels of four people taking over a taxi at gunpoint in Pathankot around 11:30 pm on November 13, sparking fears of another terrorist attack of the likes of 2016. Police are yet to confirm if the carjackers had anything to do with the Punjab alert.
The Indian Air Force’s Pathankot airbase was attacked by suspected Pakistani terrorists on January 2, 2016 where seven security personnel and four terrorists were killed.
Police said that a warning, recently issued by the Jaish-e-Mohammed about avenging the death of its chief Maulana Masood Azhar’s nephew in an encounter in Kashmir on October 30, cannot be ruled out.
“We got inputs that they’re heading towards Delhi. We have increased the vigil in the bordering areas as well as in the city. Second-hand car dealers are being questioned and the parking lots are being scanned to spot abandoned vehicles,” said an officer from the Delhi’s anti-terror special cell. The officer said that the district police have also been alerted to maintain high security.