HYDERABAD: Police began searching possible shelter zones of terrorists in the State capital while continuing to strengthen its security cover for the second consecutive day on Friday following an Intelligence Bureau alert about a possible terror attack.
Though no major breakthrough was reported, they detained suspects at different places - including a 30-year-old man outside Mecca Masjid where terrorists triggered an explosion two years ago. The suspect, Mahbub Ali, hailing from Raichur of Karnataka, and a boy accompanying him, were later let off as no incriminating material was found with them.
Ali was intercepted while the noon prayers were on. Bags carried by him and the boy contained 12 pencil size batteries, some wires and few mechanical tools like cutting plier. He told the police that they came to city in search of work. Surprise security inspections, anti-sabotage checks, vehicle checking at all entry and exit points of the city and frisking of commuters went on even as security was beefed up at VVIP zones, religious places, vital establishments and Quarters of MLAs, MPs and Ministers. Special teams of city police belonging to the Commissioner’s Task Force, Special Branch, Special Investigation Team, are focussing on the local networks of the terrorist modules.
Since the IB alert specifically said weapons would be provided to the Lashkaar-e-Taiba terrorist trio ‘in Hyderabad’, these agencies are trying to track down the possible local terror operatives. Interestingly, while the security was tightened at railway stations lot of slip-ups could be seen at the bus-stations.
All general compartment passengers of trains from Delhi passing through the State were being video-graphed, authorities said. Instructions were also issued to the RPF to keep a constant vigil on those travelling with wooden and carton boxes and backpacks.