Ter­ror threat: Red alert in Delhi, raids at 9 lo­ca­tions

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New Delhi: A Red alert was sounded late on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing a cat­e­gory-A in­tel­li­gence in­put about the pres­ence of 3-4 hard­core and “highly-mo­ti­vated” ter­ror­ists in the cap­i­tal. This kind of in­put means that in­for­ma­tion re­ceived by the in­tel­li­gence agency could be treated as ex­tremely cred­i­ble and all anti-ter­ror mea­sures should be pressed into ser­vice.

Sources told TOI that the group of fi­day­een be­long to Jaish-e-Mo­hammed (JeM), who may have in­fil­trated into the city last week to ex­e­cute an at­tack in re­tal­i­a­tion to the ab­ro­ga­tion of Ar­ti­cle 370 in Jammu & Kash­mir. At least two of them could be for­eign (Pak­istan­based) ter­ror­ists.

Around 9pm, Delhi Po­lice’s Spe­cial Cell and sleuths from an in­tel­li­gence agency car­ried out raids at nine lo­ca­tions in the city. At least two sus­pects were de­tained for ques­tion­ing. Raids were con­ducted at See­lam­pur and two other places in north­east Delhi, Jamia Na­gar and two lo­cal­i­ties near Pa­har­ganj in cen­tral Delhi.

Last week, TOI had re­ported how the se­cu­rity alert level at the four de­fence es­tab­lish­ments had been up­graded to “orange” in an­tic­i­pa­tion of an im­mi­nent ter­ror strike. In­puts also sug­gested that JeM was ready­ing a spe­cial squad to tar­get Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and NSA Ajit Doval. The same in­put also sug­gested that the ter­ror at­tack could oc­cur be­tween Septem­ber 25 and 30. An in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer said this could be the same squad.

JeM has been on an over­drive since Au­gust 5 try­ing to send fi­day­een from across the bor­der to carry out strikes in In­dia. The op­er­a­tions are be­ing co­or­di­nated by Maulana Ma­sood Azhar and his kin, a top in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer said.

Jaish cadres have been seething in re­venge after sus­tain­ing a ma­jor blow to their op­er­a­tions in the past one year.

Raids were con­ducted at See­lam­pur and two other places in north­east Delhi, Jamia Na­gar and two lo­cal­i­ties near Pa­har­ganj in cen­tral Delhi

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