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Kerala, Tamil Nadu on high alert after suspected infiltration of six Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists

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WION Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Aug 23, 2019, 09.44 PM (IST) Written By: Sidharth MP Edited By: Shivani Kumar

Tamil Nadu Police are on high alert following intelligence inputs which had warned that up to six terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba may have infiltrated the state. It is suspected that one of the six is a Pakistani National whereas the other members are Sri Lankan nationals. 

Security in the state capital Chennai and the second-largest district Coimbatore has been tightened, with an increased vigil and police deployment at sensitive areas, religious gatherings, places of worship, public places, and places of transit. 

Around 2000 police personnel have been deployed in Coimbatore where a red alert has been sounded. Check posts have been set-up at entry and crucial borders to check the incoming and outgoing vehicular traffic.  

Speaking to WION, Sumit Sharan, Commissioner of Police, Coimbatore said, "the intelligence agencies are closely monitoring the developments and the police force is maintaining a strict vigil at the airport, railways stations, sensitive areas and vital installations".

Earlier in the day, Chennai Police Commissioner, A K Viswanathan told reporters, "Chennai Police are on heightened alert to avoid any untoward incidents and storming operations are also in progress".

Meanwhile, the neighbouring state Kerala was also on high alert after the report.

Taking cognizance of the alert, Kerala Director General of Police (DGP) Lokanath Behera has sent a directive to all district police chiefs to take caution.

In 1988, Coimbatore was struck by terrorism when over 50 people were killed due to serial blasts that occurred in various parts of the city. 

In July this year, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had conducted searches at the residences of 14 men who were deported to India from the UAE. They were arrested on July 15 for owing allegiance to the proscribed terrorist organisations Islamic State/Daesh, Al-Qaeda and SIMI, while being within and beyond India. They had allegedly conspired and made preparations to wage war against the government of India by forming the terror gang Ansarulla. After the interrogation of the initial 14 members, the agency also arrested two more members from Nagapattinam, hence taking the toll to 16.

Meanwhile, the neighbouring state Kerala was also on high alert after the report.

Taking cognizance of the alert, Kerala Director General of Police (DGP) Lokanath Behera has sent a directive to all district police chiefs to take caution.