Chennai, 23 Aug, 2019: Tamil Nadu has been put on high alert after intelligence agencies warned that six Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists may have entered Coimbatore.
The state home department sounded the alert after they were tipped off by intelligence agencies that terrorists had probably entered the state from neighbouring Sri Lanka for possible attacks in Tamil Nadu or Kerala. Coimbatore and Chennai City police commissioners have confirmed that the alert has been issued and security beefed up in all the major cities of Tamil Nadu.
“While one terrorist is from Pakistan, who was identified as Ilyas Anwar, five others are from the island nation. They have come here through the sea route,” police sources revealed about the intelligence alert. Vigil has been stepped up in malls, public places, railway stations and bus stands.
A general alert was sounded in the country following the scrapping of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, on August 5 and the resultant deterioration of ties with Pakistan.
Last week, Bengaluru had been put on high alert following intelligence inputs of a possible terror strike. Security agencies predicts a possible terror attacks by Pakistan-based terror groups after Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of its special status.
The Indian Navy and army also have been put on alert on western and eastern seaboards and along the border to prevent any infiltration through borders.