Terror has a new iden­tity in In­dia

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Ra­jesh Ahuja ra­jesh.ahuja@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Seem­ingly ran­dom in­ci­dents of ar­son on six trains in three states ear­lier this month may have been dummy runs for a big­ger at­tack, sus­pect counter-terror of­fi­cials. They have launched a man­hunt for four ji­hadi sus­pects based on ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“The gov­ern­ment has de­cided to hand over the probe to the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency af­ter it emerged that a group of four sus­pected ji­hadis may be be­hind the in­ci­dents. The ex­is­tence of the group was pre­vi­ously not known to counter-terror of­fi­cials. We sus­pect th­ese in­ci­dents of fire may be a dry run for some­thing big be­ing planned by the group,” a se­nior home min­istry of­fi­cial said.

The alert comes on the sev­enth an­niver­sary of the 26/11 Mum­bai terror at­tacks, and at a time the home min­istry has asked states to step up ef­forts to curb grow­ing rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion in the face of the Is­lamic State strike in Paris.


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