Chandigarh, November 4: Ahead of the festival of Diwali, a terror alert has been issued in Punjab. The alert has been sent to all the major police stations across the state. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has warned of ISI-Lakshkar style in the state, reported CNN News 18. As per the report, terrorists can lob grenades at crowded areas of the state. Yesterday, General Rawat said that foreign powers are making attempts to revive separatism in the state.
While addressing a gathering of senior Army officers, defence experts and former senior officials of government and police at a seminar in New Delhi on ‘Changing Contours of Internal Security in India: Trends and Responses’, said, “Attempts are being made through “external linkages” to “revive insurgency” in Punjab, and if early action is not taken, it will be too late.” He further added, “Let us not think that Punjab (situation) is over. We cannot close our eyes to what is happening in Punjab. And, if we do not take early action now, it will be too late.”
On November 1, Punjab Police busted a Pakistan-sponsored terrorist module in Patiala. The police arrested one terrorist Shabnamdeep Singh who belonged to Khalistan Gadar Force and was planning to conduct attacks on police stations and posts and crowded places during the ongoing festival season. The police recovered a pistol, hand grenade, CT-100 Bajaj Platina black motorcycle and letter pads belonging to Khalistan Gadar Force and other banned terrorist organisations.
Last month, four students including three Kashmiri were arrested with explosive weapons from Jalandhar. Meanwhile, a fifth person was arrested from Chandigarh. In the late night raids conducted by the Punjab police, five AK -47s were recovered from the hostel of the CT Institute. According to reports, the arrested students work for the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) and Jaish- e- Mohammed terror groups.