Human Rights

Terror threat to Commonwealth Games?

New Delhi:  The Commonwealth Games face a threat from Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba and other militant outfits, which, according to a US think-tank, may be planning an attack during the event. Vice-President of Tactical Intelligence, Stratfor, Scott Stewart replied in affirmative when asked whether the sporting event scheduled in October faces any terror threat. In support of his claims, the Stratfor analyst quoted a warning “continue attacks all across India until the Indian army leaves Kashmir” posted by Ilyas Kashmiri (wanted Al-Qaeda terrorist)  via the Asia Times Online on February 13 this year.

In a communique to the Delhi government, Punjab Police has also warned that there might be terrorist attacks during the Commonwealth Games. The communiqué was sent after filtering several intelligence inputs indicating threats from across the border. Sources said they have intercepted pamphlets saying Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) terrorist Harinder Singh Neeta has appointed three members of the KZF to carry out terror attacks. Sources said around 15 kg RDX is supposed have entered India from Pakistan through Punjab and that there were three people carrying 5kg RDX each. KZF terrorist Harinder Singh Neeta is among the top Sikh terrorists who are still a big threat to India and are operating their networks out of Pakistan.

The Union Home Ministry has reacted to the warning by Punjab police that Khalistan terrorists could target the upcoming Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. The Home Ministry has said that the warning was a matter of great concern as the Babbar Khalsa International retains the potential to carry out a strike. The Home Ministry also added that both, the Delhi and Punjab police have been told to coordinate fully and leave nothing to chance. The Government also said that fool-proof security remains the priority and would be ensured. (M. Ramzan Naik)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2010 on page no. 11

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