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Nov 30 2012, 05:26 IST
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SummaryThe Punjab Police issued a high alert on Thursday after a faction of Taliban in Pakistan on Wednesday claimed that its fighters were holed up in Amritsar and Hyderabad to carry out attacks to avenge 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab’s execution.

The Punjab Police issued a high alert on Thursday after a faction of Taliban in Pakistan on Wednesday claimed that its fighters were holed up in Amritsar and Hyderabad to carry out attacks to avenge 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab’s execution. Sources said that the intelligence wing of the state police issued an alert to all SSPs and police commissioners that they should keep a tab on the movement of suspicious elements. They have been maintaining an active watch on all developments and have mounted appropriate patrolling in sensitive and border areas. The police have also been keeping a close eye on vehicular movement in and out of the state, especially vehicles entering from Jammu and Kashmir.

“About five months back, the central intelligence agencies had told the state police that from across the border Taliban militants might strike on the beat the retreat ceremony held every day on the Pakistani side of Wagah-Attari border, in order to disturb piece. After that, no intelligence input has come to the state police,’’ a police official said.

Last month, the central government issued an alert to the state police in view of reports that some pro-Khalistan outfits were trying to revive terrorism in the state. The union government had asked the police to keep a tab on the movement of such activists. The alert sent to the police was based on intelligence inputs of various central security agencies that had indicated that some radical elements were trying to revive militancy in the state.

The agencies observed that some militants who were hiding in European countries were trying to recruit young Sikhs and generate funds by showing videos of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. There are numerous websites on the internet that are trying to recruit militant groups as part of the Khalistan movement.

On Wednesday, a faction of Taliban claimed that its fighters would soon strike in Amritsar. “We will avenge the death of Ajmal Kasab on Indian soil, within a month,’’ said Ahmed Marwat, a spokesman of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Jundullah group. He added that his (Kasab) death would not go waste. “Our group has a number of fighters in Amritsar and Hyderabad, who will soon take revenge. With the death of one Kasab, scores of his other comrades are ready for martyrdom,’’ he said.

Ready to face any threat: Sukhbir

Punjab is completely prepared to face any threat from Taliban or any other terrorist outfit from across the border

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