No Pakistan militants here

The military today denied reports that Pakistan based militants were using Sri Lanka as a base to launch attacks on Southern India.

Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya said that the media reports to that effect were baseless.

The Times of India reported today that the Maharashtra police have received a terror alert from central intelligence agencies warning that eight militants are undergoing training in Pakistan-based camps to attack targets in south India from Sri Lanka.

Sent by the joint director of VIP Security (under the Union home ministry) in New Delhi in mid-August, the nine-page alert states that four of the terror trainees are “Punjabis and the remainingKashmiris or Pathans”.

Their “drop-off point” is expected to be around 28km off Jaffna and their target could be Mayiladuthurai or Madurai in Tamil Nadu, according to the alert, the Times of India reported.

The warning asks security agencies across the country to be on high alert since the attack may come in “a few months”. Following the notice’s receipt, the Mumbai police have activated all their sources of information.

A passage on the alert’s third page reads, “Sri Lankan agencies are reported to have arrested three suspected Pak nationals on February 2, 2013, who confessed to having visited Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram on Sri Lankan passports.” (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Easwaran Rutnam

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