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Lashkar's hawk eye on Bangalore soft spots?

Lashkar's hawk eye on Bangalore soft spots?

Author: S. Rajashekara
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: July 19, 2005

Intelligence sleuths believe Karnataka has been surveyed for mid-August  strike

After London, terrorists could be targeting Bangalore's vulnerable  spots. Intelligence sleuths have gathered information that Bangalore  could be a possible target of Laskar-e-Toiba terrorists. The LeT has  surveyed India's Silicon City for a vulnerable target to wreak havoc and  strike at its IT economy in mid-August, sources said.

However, "that need not be Vidhana Soudha or big IT firms. Terrorists  may target a thickly populated public place, like they did in London to  create a terror wave," an official said, refusing to be identified.

The official reasoned that the timing of a strike could be around  independence Day when Delhi and Srinagar get formidable security cover  with uniformed men at all potential targets.

The Lashkar was trying to explore places beyond Delhi and Jammu and  Kashmir. Their first target has been  Bangalore - the fastest growing  infotechnology  hub-and a team of Lashkar members had done a survey of  potential targets in not only Bangalore but also in Mysore, Mandya and  Dakshina Kannada districts.

"Apart from Vidhana Soudha, ITPL and IT firms like  Infosys and Wipro,  the militants have done a complete survey of crowded places like  Bangalore Railway Station, Kempe Gowda Bus terminus, KR Market, KRS dam,  Mysore Palace, Dharmastala temple among others," the official said.

LeT has a history of orchestrating attacks in India and its cadres are  well networked, survey with computers, gadgets and gizmos, making them  tough to track. Police had recovered from the body of  a terrorist,  killed  in Mumbai two years ago, a driving license issued in Bangalore,  he said. Laptops recovered from terrorists who attacked the parliament  had revealed a detailed mapping of the Parliament building.

"It is quite possible that the militants would have prepared a similar  plan of attack even on their targets in Bangalore and elsewhere," the  sources said.

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