IM threat to Delhi Police spl cell office

Security of the Delhi Police’s Special Cell office in south Delhi’s Lodhi Road was tightened on Saturday over threat of being targeted by terrorist group Indian Mujahideen.

It came a day after IM co-founder Mohammed Ahmed Sidibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal and close aide Asadullah Akhtar were remanded in police custody for 10 days in connection with the September 2010 Jama Masjid terror attack.

According to sources, the office also witnessed a flurry of visits by senior officers on Saturday. A three-tier security system is already in place over a two-month-old input disseminated by the Intelligence Bureau about a possible attack immediately after Bhatkal’s arrest in August. “There is no specific input in this regard. However, we are aware of the security threats that our premises may face and have adequate arrangements in place to secure them,” said Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell and Training) S N Shrivastava.

Bhatkal was listed on the National Investigation Agency’s most wanted until his arrest on the India-Nepal border near Bihar’s Motihari district in August 2013.

It is alleged that Bhatkal undertook arms and explosive training in Pakistan in 2006 to launch several terror attacks in the country.

Bangalore connection

In 2010, the Karnataka Police had also alleged that the 2010 Bangalore stadium bombing was likely to have been carried out by Bhatkal. His arrest has been seen as a major breakthrough in efforts to break the back of the IM. He is also the second big catch for security agencies after the arrest of Abdul Karim Tunda, a key Lashkar-e-Toba operative and expert bomb-maker, who too was arrested from the India-Nepal border in August last year.

Shrivastava added that the special cell has a mandate to deal with acts of terrorism and militancy, and arrested 11 terrorists last year.

 “The objective is achieved through collection of intelligence, surveillance and meticulous investigation,” he said. A close liaison is also maintained with intelligence agencies and police forces of other states for intelligence gathering and developing a comprehensive database on terrorists and organised criminals.

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