Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has acquired more than 50 para-gliding equipment from Europe and these could be used to carry out air-borne suicide attacks in India.
The intelligence input, which came just days ahead of Republic Day celebrations, has prompted authorities to ensure a tight air security around all vital installations. Security agencies have carried out mock drills in different areas in the country as part of the exercise to prevent any air-borne suicide attack by LeT terrorists. Radars located at strategic locations have been tuned to intercept all low flying objects and authorities are not taking any chances.
A no-flying zone is already in place in capital’s Luytens zone which houses the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister’s Office and key ministries like home, defence, finance, external affairs, among others.
The Union Government has already put all Air India planes operating in the country’s neighbourhood on high security alert following intelligence reports that the LeT and other terror groups were planning to hijack a flight.