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Old 07-Apr-2011
Terror alert in Punjab ahead of baisakhi

Chandigarh April 7:

Punjab police are on alert following warnings from Central intelligence agencies on possible disturbance from terror outfits in the run-up to the Assembly poll scheduled in 2012.

Police sources said international terrorist organisations with Sikh operating terrorist groups in Punjab are likely to mar political rallies scheduled before the 2012 polls. "They have planned to hit rallies and large gatherings using methods other than the conventional bomb blast," a highly placed source said.

Specific instructions have been issued to the district police head of Moga where Baisakhi Mela is scheduled on April 13 and 14. A political rally would be held on the religious ground of Talwandi Sabo in Moga on the last day of the fair.

Various terrorist groups such as Babbar Khalsa International and Khalistan Liberation Front are planning to strike during the coming Assembly elections. "Their commanders have also had a meeting in a foreign country with the commanders of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an international terrorist outfit operating under the direct supervision of Inter Service Intelligence of Pakistan," the source added.

It is said that two foreign nationals in Nepal are monitoring the overall situation in the State through sleeper cells and other members of BKI and KLF who are funded by the commanders of LeT through hawala. Since holding political rallies on religious occasions is a trend in Punjab, terrorists are set to target such rallies where a large number of people gather in order to achieve maximum impact. "It is yet to ascertain the technique or method to use during such rallies," said the police official.

Punjab police are also seeking the help of national agencies to keep a tab on the movements of international and foreign terrorists operating from neighboring countries as well as West Asia. "With the help of shared inputs, we can keep a regular tab on their activities," said a senior Punjab Police official, who did not wish to be identified. Intelligence Bureau has warned State police that inimical agencies from international bases are trying to revive Sikh militancy in Punjab by forging an alliance between Sikh militant groups and the LeT.

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