Free Press Journal

Heightened vigil at Israeli establishments following terror alert


New Delhi: A alert has been sounded in several states for a heightened vigil at Israeli Embassy and Consulate General besides places frequented by Israelis including synagogues following intelligence reports that they could be targeted by terrorists.

Union Home Ministry has sent an advisory to various states in the wake of intelligence inputs shared by central security agencies that terrorists, especially those owing allegiance to Lashker-e-Taiba may target them, official sources said.

Sources said advisories have been sent to Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Chabad Houses, the Jewish outreach centres, have also been marked for security checks.

Pakistan-born American terrorist David Headley had carried out reconnaissance of various Chabad Houses and office of Israeli airlines– El AI–in Mumbai March before his arrest in 2009. The security agencies apprehend that LeT may plan to carry out attacks on Israeli people and establishments based on reconnaissance done by Headley, who is serving a 35-year prison term in the US.

The Chabad House in Pahargunj, Delhi is located in a narrow lane and is frequented generally by backpackers from Israel on way to Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh or western parts of the country.

Pushkar, on the outskirts of Ajmer in Rajasthan, Kasol and Manali in Himachal Pradesh, Anujua village in Goa and Koregaon Park in Pune are some of the places put on alert.

Israeli diplomatic staff was targeted by Iranian nationals in Delhi in 2012. It was for the first time that a terror group of a foreign country had conspired in India to target the nationals of another foreign country.

Last year, the security agencies had foiled an attempt by LeT to target the Consulate General of Israel in Bangalore.