In an alarming follow-up to the Lucknow shootout, in which one hardened terrorist was killed after a 24-hr stand-off, Centre has put an alert out that applies to 5 states where Islamic State (ISIS) was seen active and has put 20 people under the scanner who joined the terror group recently. Expectations of the situation turning volatile in the wake of the killing of the militant in Lucknow and the arrest of 7 others who were involved with him in planning terror strikes in India including the one on the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train yesterday, has made the government take all precautionary moves that it can.
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The terrorist holed up in Lucknow and the rest of his group had a huge cache of arms and ammunition plus bomb making capabilities to carry out terror attacks in India and the one on the train in Madhya Pradesh was the proof. The crackdown initiated by the cops in the wake of the blast in MP led intelligence agencies to corner the gunman in Lucknow as well as arrest the rest. While the Lucknow gunman put up resistance, the others were caught efficiently by the police without giving rise to aby theatrics or drama seen in the UP capital. Also, according to reports put out by India Today TV, authorities are carrying out raids at various places in the states concerned to pre-empt any action by them. Authorities fear that retaliatory strikes may be planned by terrorists and in response securities has been increased in sensitive areas.
Five states which are under agencies’ scanner include Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, and Madhya Pradesh. Agencies are taking all precautions in case ISIS carries out any operation following the incidents which took place on Tuesday. According to reports, following the terror attack, the agencies have received inputs which suggest a presence of terrorists in certain parts of the country.