Update, 4:25 p.m.: The 10 suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists who entered Gujarat via sea or land route could have sneaked into Delhi where they may target malls and markets, CNN-IBN News reports.
The Delhi Police have reportedly been asked to beef up security at crowded places across the capital.
#UPDATE | Latest intel warning says the ''suspects'' could have sneaked into Delhi and carry out strikes in markets and malls
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Update, 3:30 p.m.: The Central government Sunday reportedly sent two teams of Nationals Security Guards (NSG) to Ahmedabad after intelligence input suggested 10 terrorists had sneaked into Gujarat with plans to carry out terror attacks.
The two teams of NSG consist of at least 200 personnel, Press Trust of India reports. The terror alert has been extended to the metro cities â€” Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Bengaluru â€” as well, PTI quoted its sources as saying.
The Gujarat government Saturday issued a terror alert across the state after the Intelligence Bureau warned at least 10 terrorists had infiltrated into Gujarat from Pakistan. The intelligence input was forwarded to India's National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval by his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Khan Janjua, according to reports.
The terrorists, who might plan attacks Monday during Shivaratri, belong to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), the Times of India quoted Janjua as saying.
Based on the inputs, Gujarat's security agencies have tightened security at sensitive installations, places of worship, public places in major cities and districts. Teams of security forces have also been deployed at all sensitive places across the state.
The Surat Range police have issued a notification to set up police check posts in the Surat, Navsari, Dangs, Tapi and Valsad districts. "We have asked all police departments in south Gujarat to be alert. They have been told that if any official spots suspicious activity, he should immediately inform higher authorities," the Indian Express quoted Surat Range police inspector N P Gohil as saying.
Special Operation Group (SOG), Crime Branch and senior government officials held an emergency meeting after receiving the inputs from Pakistan. The Gujarat Marine Police have been asked to beef up patrolling along the coastal regions, Ahmedabad Mirror reports.
"We have ordered the cancellation of leaves of all police staff in the city and given orders to conduct combing in the city at night. These orders have been given specifically for the sensitive areas of the city. Ten teams from the crime branch will also start combing and keep eyes on suspicious movement and people. The orders are to be followed till the threat has passed," Ahmedabad Mirror quoted a senior IPS official as saying.
Security has also been increased at along Gujarat's borders with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, and sensitive places such as the Somnath Temple, Dwarka Temple, Akashardham, power plants, Sardar Sarovar Dam, and defence and security establishments, Hindustan Times reports.
The inputs come days after the Border Security Force found an abandoned Pakistani boat Friday off the Kutch coast, the border district connecting Pakistan and India. Two more Pakistani boats had been found in the past few months.