North Bengal on high alert in wake of possible JMB activity
Various districts from North Bengal such as Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, Alipurduar have been put on alert saying that Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen could attempt a terror strike in the bordering areas of these districts.
According the intelligence available with the Central agencies, this terrorist outfit might have carried out terror attacks particularly in the bordering districts.
The state police earlier got evidence that some JMB modules have been operating from the state which were planning to attack mainly in Bangladesh and some parts of the North Eastern states.
After interrogating some of the members of JMB from various parts of the state, investigating officers came to know about the modus operandi of the terror group.
As per the intelligence input, they might carry out attacks in North Bengal to destabilize the area. Following the alert, the Border Security Force (BSF) personnels were asked to be vigilant in the area.
Senior police officers from the districts of North Bengal, on Wednesday, held a meeting to beef up the security in various places. They were also keeping in touch with the Assam police where JMB has been very much active.
It may be mentioned that Airport Intelligence Unit (AIU) in Kolkata had received a threat call following which security has been beefed up in the adjoining areas. The city and adjoining Bidhannagar have been put on high alert. Especially before Pujas, the security would be tightened at Park Street, Camac Street and parts of Salt Lake in the Bengal capital.
A senior police officer in the city said that they had received inputs from the intelligence department to be extra cautious, as there might be a terror attack in Kolkata or in any public place under Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate.
“We have increased security in public places, and have alerted the local police stations to take immediate action in case of suspicious activities” a senior officer said.
He also added that there is nothing to panic about but they could not take any chances and so they have beefed up security.
Kolkata Police, led by a Special Task Force (STF) and officers of south division, had carried out surveillance in the areas that see huge footfall during Pujas.
Extra security arrangements have been made at Jubilee Bridge, Dakshineswar temple and Kalighat temple, in the wake of the terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.