Indian authorities are taking this jihad threat very seriously: 10,000 extra security personnel have been called out to meet it. “Fallout of Afzal Guru’s hanging: LeT calls for avenging Parliament attack plotter’s death,” from India Today, February 18 (thanks to Lookmann):
Terror groups have circulated a provocative, recorded message in the Kashmir Valley asking people to avenge the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, intelligence sources said.
“The message says Guru’s martyrdom should not be wasted, and they need to avenge the deaths of not just Guru but all others who have sacrificed their lives,” an intelligence official said.
The Intelligence Bureau (IB) traced this recorded message to terror groups Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, which have been planning to strike back after the hanging of Guru in Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 9.
“While Kashmir has been very tense, there is a threat to some other cities as well,” the official said, adding that violence could occur in the Valley once the weather gets warmer. Curfew which has been in place since Guru’s hanging was finally lifted on Saturday.
Apprehending mass protests, the state government wanted the paramilitary forces to be unarmed to ensure there is no firing by them. But the proposal was shot down by senior officers on grounds that safety of their personnel cannot be compromised.
“There is intelligence input that terror groups will attempt to make these protests violent. In such a volatile situation, being unarmed is not acceptable to us,” a BSF official said.
In view of the threat perception, close to 10,000 extra security personnel have been deployed in the state, and they are unlikely to be withdrawn anytime soon.
“We have not been given any directions and are prepared to have extra forces indefinitely,” the official said.