Eight districts in Madhya Pradesh (MP), sharing borders with Gujarat and Rajasthan, have been put under high alert following intelligence inputs of the possible presence of terrorists.
The state police said search operations have been conducted for four Afghan-origin terrorists, who were last located to be in the two bordering states.
The districts, which have issued the alert, are Jhabua, Alirajpur, Dhar, Ratlam, Mandsaur, Neemuch and Agra-Malwa.
One of the suspected terrorists has been identified through a sketch, which is being sent to all police stations, outposts and checkpoints, Jhabua district police superintendent Vineet Jain said. He is said to be hailing from Afghanistan’s Kunar province.
It is not yet clear how the suspected terrorists got an entry in India while it is alleged that an ISI agent also found an entry into the country and might be planning of a misadventure in the three neighbouring states, police sources said.
Sources in the MP police have told that the police have initiated heavy security procedures with intensive checking at 10 security posts in Ratlam district of the state, while three checkpoints have been set up in Agar-Malwa district close to Rajasthan.
Similar checks are underway in MP-Rajasthan border in Mandsaur and Neemuch districts in western MP and Jhabua and Alirajpur districts off the Gujarat border.
Meanwhile, search operations are also held at trains running between Rajasthan and Gujarat, the police said. The Ratlam railway junction is a key checkpoint as it lies on the New Delhi-Mumbai route, while intensive checking is being done at all inter-state checkpoints.
Last week, Jahirul Shaikh (31), who is an accused in the Burdwan blast case of October 2014, was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Indore’s Azad Nagar.