A high alert was sounded by the West Bengal police throughout the State late on Thursday after a Central intelligence input indicated that five militants of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen terror outfit have crossed over to the State recently from Bangladesh to carry out terror attacks.

Coming in the wake of the Delhi High Court blast that killed 13 persons and subsequent terror mails threatening more attacks, the intelligence input had a scrambling effect on the State security agencies – particularly with the coming festive season.

“We received an input from our counterparts in the Centre that five militants of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen terror outfit have sneaked into West Bengal a few days back through the porous border in Malda district. The militants have subsequently split up in three groups and headed in different directions to carry out terror attacks, possibly in crowded marketplaces or court premises or at important installations like airports or railway stations,” a senior State Intelligence Branch official said here on Friday.

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