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As Pak mourns, security tightened across India

A day after terrorists in a cowardly act sprayed bullets on innocent school children in Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh issued advisories to most states to stay alert after specific intelligence inputs poured in of similar possible attacks in India.

On Tuesday, in a massive terror attack more than 130 children were killed while over 150 people suffered severe injuries when heavily-armed Taliban suicide bombers stormed an Army-run school in Peshawar and took several hostages. The incident is being seen as one of the bloodiest terror attacks in the history of Pakistan.

“I condemn the killing of school children in Pakistan and we will never allow such cowardly acts on Indian soil. We have asked all state governments to ensure adequate security at public places including malls, schools, airports and railway stations,” Singh said.

MHA sources said, there was ‘lead’ from external intelligence agencies that terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba has managed to set up a team to carry out attacks in India to coincide with US President Barack Obama’s visit next month. Obama will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations.

Meanwhile, Indian security agencies have intensified their hunt for five terror suspects including Mohammed Azajuddeen,  Aslam, Amzad, Zakir Hussain and Mehboob, who escaped from a prison in Madhya Pradesh in October, 2013.

There is information that these terror suspects might have been roped in by the LeT to launch similar attacks in the national capital. LeT, which is based in Pakistan, is responsible for the 26/11 siege of Mumbai in which 166 people were killed in 2008. Intelligence sources said recent phone intercepts reveal LET handlers talking to the escaped terror suspects about being tasked with an attack.

The Home Ministry is also reviewing alerts about a possible attack by one or more of the jailbirds, who were accused of being members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India.

On Wednesday morning, Delhi Police officials reviewed security arrangements in schools. Though the government did not elaborate on the security arrangements, sources said, guidelines for schools were issued which include asking them to prepare an escape plan for children in case of a terror attack, how to prevent hostage situation, how to raise alarm and shut doors and gates in case of an emergency.

“The government is aware of the challenges and we had a security meet. All I can say that we are fully prepared to tackle any such crises. We stand by Pakistan in this massacre in eliminating terrorism and my condolences to the family members who lost their young children,” Singh said.

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