Terrors groups had a field day

Terrors groups had a field day

A series of high-profile arrests in Odisha during 2015 confirmed that anti-India terror organizations had already become active in the eastern state, home to several key defence and other installations besides important shrines and heritage sites.

At the beginning of the year in January, the local police in north Odisha Balasore district arrested Iswara Chandra Behera, an employee of Interim Test Range(ITR) at Chandipur – which houses country’s one of the two premier missile testing centres – on charge of secretly supplying important documents and photos to Pakistan intelligence agency, the ISI.

Belonging to a village in neighbouring Mayurbhanj district, Behera was working as a contractual photographer at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)-run installation. Preliminary investigation revealed that he had received money from his handlers across the border. He was booked for criminal conspiracy and treason. He is still behind bars and a detailed investigation against him is on.

One fine evening in November, tension and shock prevailed in the popular temple town of Puri when compartments of four express trains standing on the local railway station suddenly started burning one after another. It become immediately clear that it was not an accident but someone intentionally set the trains on fire. Luckily, there was no casualty as the incident occurred after the passengers had stepped out of the trains.

Within hours of the development, the local police and the GRP managed to nab one Subash Ramachandran, a resident of Tamil Nadu, in connection with the incident.

Subsequently, his polygraph test revealed that he was working at the behest of Mumbai-based terror module having links with a Pakistan terror group. He had been assigned the job of setting express trains on fire in specific railway stations across the country in exchange for money. The National Investigating Agency (NIA) is currently probing the matter.

Just a few days after the Puri train-burning incident, the entire state received yet another jolt when a special cell of the Delhi Police, with the help of its Odisha counterpart, raided a village near Jagatpur in the outskirts of Cuttack city and arrested Abdul Rehman, a suspected active member of Al Qaeda’s newly created Indian arm, AQIS(Al Qaeda for Indian Sub-continent).

Rehman who was running a madrasa near his native village was allegedly planning a big terror operation in national capital New Delhi on the new year’s eve.

After the Puri incident and Rehamn’s arrest, the Odisha Police have strengthened the security arrangements in key installations like both the missile testing centres at Chandipur and Wheelers Island in Bhadrak district as well as an Indian Air Force base located at Choudwar near Cuttack. Security has also been tightened in other important places like the Jagannath temple in Puri, the Sun Temple in Konark besides Lingarja temple in capital Bhubaneswar.
DH News Service

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