Republic Day alert: Two Afghan suspects on radar -
Republic Day alert: Two Afghan suspects on radar
Posted 25 Jan 2017 11:33 AM


NEW DELHI: Ahead of Republic Day, intelligence agencies and the Special Cell of Delhi Police are on the lookout for at least two terror suspects of Afghan origin. Sleuths are scanning south Delhi localities such as Lajpat Nagar, Bhogal and Khirki Extension, where most Afghan tourists and refugees usually stay, sources said.

The operation has been undertaken after a recent meeting of different departments wherein the chief of an intelligence agency shared inputs about Jaish-e-Mahammed operatives having used forged Afghan passports to sneak into the country in order to carry out attacks around Republic Day.
In December 2015, Jaish's faction based in Kabul had sent in two operatives who had stayed in Lajpat Nagar till mid January but aborted their mission and fled due to an accidental, low-intensity IED blast.

According to sources, Rajpath and New Delhi district have been brought under a robust access control mechanism and the entire area has been divided into 25 zones. Each zone will be headed by a senior cop and an agency sleuth.

The Special Cell was asked to carry out security drills and infiltrate Rajpath area. The cell, it is learnt, made 60 bids without any success. Cops told that a fresh recce of buildings near Rajpath has been ordered. Around 50 spotters have been brought in from other states and they will be deployed, along with snipers, on the terraces and tree-tops.

NSG and SPG personnel will guard the portion of Rajpath where dignitaries will be seated. Delhi Police will form the outermost layer of the seven-tier security ring. Around 150 companies (15,000 personnel) of central forces will keep a watch on vital installations.

Rajpath will be a no-fly zone and to prevent vehicle-borne IED attacks, buses will be parked at intersections. In a meeting held on Sunday, a presentation on major suspects was shown to all stakeholders and suggestions sought for having watertight security in place.

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