Intel report: Tamil Nadu is on High Alert
Tamil Nadu Police is on high alert following intelligence reports that six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists have infiltrated the state. One of the six is believed to be a Pakistani national; the others are believed to be from Sri Lanka.
A top police officer said “We have received this information and have alerted our force. We want the public to inform the police if they see any suspicious person or any suspicious activity. A red alert has been sounded in Coimbatore, where the LeT terrorists are believed to be hiding. We have strengthened security and conducting vehicular checks too in several places,”
As per reports, security in Chennai, the state capital, and Coimbatore has been strengthened, with hotels, airports, railway stations, theaters, shopping malls and places of worship under close watch. Coimbatore has come to attack from fundamentalist groups in the past.
It may be stated that over the past few months the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested at least 10 men, from across the state, suspected to have links to banned terrorist organization ISIS. Investigators allege they had plans to launch terror attacks in the state. The families of those arrested denied the links and claimed they were being targeted. The agency had received the information that the accused and their associates were allegedly propagating ISIS ideology on social media and recruit young people.
Moreover in July the NIA conducted anti-terror raids at homes cross a number of other Tamil Nadu cities, including Chennai and Madurai. The homes belonged to 14 men arrested by the agency after they were brought to India from the UAE, where they were allegedly raising funds with which to return and set up an ISIS terror cell.