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Lashkar planned attacks on dams for I-Day

Lashkar planned attacks on dams for I-Day

Publication: Deccan Chronicle
Date: August 11, 2006

Intelligence agencies have foiled the attempts of the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) which was planning "spectacular strikes" in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra on August 15, mid-September and October 15. Police in all these States have been put on high alert after intelligence sleuths intercepted crucial messages between LeT operatives and their handlers across the border in July and August.

Sources said that Nagarjunasagar dam, thermal power station in Vijayawada, Tungabhadra dam in Karnataka and IT units in Bangalore were chosen as targets. "The messages made it clear that the militant organisation was planning `spectacular strikes' outside Kashmir," an intelligence source said. Alerts have been flashed to all key wings of the State police. Following this, the counter intelligence department, special branch and the task forces have increased their vigil. According to the alerts, the LeT was planning to infiltrate trained terrorists to the southern States through sea. Arms and ammunition were also to land on the coastline of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

"The consignment of arms and ammunition was to reach the country on three dates - before August 15, by the second week of September and by October 15," said the message. Apart from dams and power units, offices of the RSS were also to be targeted by the LeT.

"The LeT operatives were specifically discussing explosions to cause damage to IT sector in Bangalore," said the source. Various police wings have begun strictly monitoring modules of terror networks in the city. Security has also been beefed up at key installations. The Special Protection Force of the State police has increased security at dams and power units. Miryalguda DSP Lakshmi Narayana said that security had been tightened at Nagarjunasagar dam. "We are on the lookout for suspicious elements and checking vehicles," he said.

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