New Delhi: This Independence day keep your eyes and ears open as plumbers or electricians near you may be plotting a terror attack. This is no speculation but specific input received by the Delhi Police.
According to the senior officers, Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik held a high-level meeting and alerted his men to scan every suspicious person, especially plumbers and electricians.
Intelligence input says that Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists are already active in Delhi disguised as plumbers and electricians.
Intel report claims that they are staying at cheap rented accommodation in Delhi-NCR and may initiate fidayeen attack.
Additionally, they may be maintaining low-profile and are staying in crowded unauthorised colonies of NCR.
“We are keeping an eye on all suspicious movements. A special watch has been kept on those procuring SIM card on fake ID cards or trying to do a recce of marketplace, government office or important buildings,” said a senior police officer.
The officer added even migrants and Kashmiris who have recently shifted to Delhi are under surveillance to check if they are involved in any anti-national activities.
“All high-rise buildings, hotels, guest houses, markets and restaurants in Paharganj, Jama Masjid and areas near the Red Fort will be under scanner. Even rickshaw-pullers and vendors in the area will be asked to keep a lookout for suspicious objects and people,” the officer said.
“Intensive checking drives will be carried out at the airport, railway stations, Metro stations, bus stops, markets, malls and the border areas,” the officer added.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrest of Kupwara resident Syed Muneer-ul-Hassan Qadri who was involved in 2016 Nagrota Army camp attack corroborates Delhi Police input. Sources said that he has also told the agencies that Pakistan is planning an attack at crowded marketplaces of India.
In view of Independence Day security, Delhi Police has asked its Special Branch to submit a report on all the roads, manhole, sewer line, trees and pole near to Red Fort. The team will also do a security audit of all the windows, doors and roof facing towards ancient monument ahead of August 15.