The Hindu

Security up, but Centre sees no threat

Pakistan-based outfits are more dangerous than IS, say officials

- VIJAITA SINGH

NEW DELHI: Even as the Union Home Ministry said the Paris attacks would have no immediate fallout in the country, the police department­s have intensifie­d security nationwide after the Paris attacks.

At least two counter-terrorism officials who spoke to

The Hindu said India faced no imminent threat from the Pakistan-based outfits such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, and much less from the IS.

The intelligen­ce agencies are keeping a close watch on at least 55 Indians for being active participan­ts or sympathise­rs of the IS. At least 20 are said to be fighting in Syria and Iraq.

No advisory

A senior Home Ministry official said the Union government had not issued any advisory to the State police after the Paris attacks. “We have a system in place, and all suspicious activities are being checked,” he said.

Deven Bharti, Joint Commission­er (Law and Order) of the Mumbai Police, echoed his views: “For us, the Pakistan-based terror outfits are more dangerous than the Islamic State, which is loosely integrated in India and which exists at a more individual level.”

Though the government has always underplaye­d the impact of the IS, it has conducted several meetings with State government officials to identify IS sympathise­rs. As reported by The Hindu earlier, the Centre had readied a blueprint to deal with the influence of the IS and shared it with the States concerned.

 ?? — PHOTO: SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR ?? People take part in a vigil at India Gate in New Delhi on Saturday in remembranc­e of the Paris attack victims.
— PHOTO: SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR People take part in a vigil at India Gate in New Delhi on Saturday in remembranc­e of the Paris attack victims.

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