West Bengal on high alert amid terror threat during Durga Puja

West Bengal on high alert, During the ‘pujas,’ the state government issued a terror alert, implying that West Bengal had become a new terror target. Though senior police authorities have yet to reach any conclusions, recent arrests by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Kolkata Special Task Force (STF) demonstrate the movement of terror modules in the state.

The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) claims that these terrorists infiltrate the nation through the porous Bangladesh border.

The state home department issued an advisory requesting that Durga puja organisers set up crowd-control systems. They’ve been told to put CCTV cameras and monitor towers near puja pandals and to coordinate closely with the local police station.

In addition, the notice stated that all idol immersions must be performed between October 15 (Dashami) and October 18 in consultation with local police stations. “You are encouraged to exercise the greatest vigilance throughout the celebration of the festivals in light of the prevailing threats from divisive and terrorist groups to destabilise the country and create law-and-order difficulties,” the message added.

“The community puja organisers should be urged to engage appropriate numbers of volunteers in Puja pandals to keep a vigil on the movement of suspicious persons,” the report continued, “and all volunteers should be directed to keep in continual contact with local police.”

The endeavour by the state government to incorporate puja committees in the security process is a huge step forward. It demonstrates that the state home department is planning for a larger safety and security chain, which is conclusive enough to comprehend the significance and potential for an assault,” a senior state home department official said.

In Bengaluru in 2020, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) apprehended Aal Halif alias Abu Ibrahim, one of the most feared IS handlers in the subcontinent. Before joining the terror realm, this IS handler was a well-qualified economics student. Halif was working as a mason’s assistant in Bengaluru under the alias Sujit Chandra Debnath.

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