Al-Qaeda threat to Indian resorts + Terror alert at Indian airports

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Dec. 5, 2008

1) Al-Qaeda ‘threat to Indian resorts’
2) Airports on alert as authorities brace for ‘9/11 terrorist attack’
3) Terror alert at three big Indian airports
4) Remarks With Indian Minister of External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee


excerpts from Al-Qaeda ‘threat to Indian resorts’

by Damien McElroy, Daily Telegraph, 4 December 2008

The [UK] Foreign Office is preparing to issue a travel warning amid fears that al-Qaeda is planning to attack Indian holiday resorts popular with Western tourists by the new year.

The news came as Indian officials said yesterday they were investigating links between al-Qaeda and last week’s attacks on Mumbai. Police believe that a senior al-Qaeda terrorist, who is said to have conceived and planned the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people died, may have been involved in the latest outrage.

The potential al-Qaeda involvement in the attacks on prominent locations in Mumbai, which were carried out by the Kashmiri group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), has raised concerns that India will see more attacks targeting Westerners.

Mumbai’s anti-terror squad said it had alerted the resorts of Goa and Pune that militants had infiltrated the area and could attack Western visitors at the end of the year.

British officials predicted that the Foreign Office travel advice would have to include a permanent warning against al-Qaeda-style attacks.


excerpt from Airports on alert as authorities brace for ‘9/11 terrorist attack’

by Rhys Blakely, Times, 5 December 2008

India’s main airports were on a state of high alert last night amid fears that 14 terrorists given the same training as the Mumbai gunmen are preparing to mount 9/11-type attacks using hijacked passenger planes.

The Defence Minister, A.K. Antony, ordered the nation’s armed forces to be on guard against “terror strikes from the air” eight days after India suffered its worst terrorist attack in 15 years…

The India Bureau for Civil Aviation is thought to have been given warning of plans to capture one or more aircraft at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore or Madras airports, the country’s main transport hubs. Officials said that credible intelligence indicated a plan to attack a significant population centre using an airliner in an assault that would resemble those made on New York in 2001.


excerpt from ‘Terror alert at three big Indian airports

by James Lamont, Financial Times, 5 December 2008

Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai airports were all put on alert after an e-mail threat by the Deccan Mujahideen, which claimed responsibility for the attack on India’s financial centre that left nearly 200 people dead.

The audacity of the Mumbai attack, in which terrorists arrived by sea, has made the Indian security forces worry about attacks from all sides, including the air.

Armed police were visible at airports yesterday, passengers were subjected to more rigorous searches and non-travellers barred from entry to terminals.

Measures were also being taken in Mumbai and New Delhi to improve protection of luxury hotels, international companies and foreign institutions. Some are turning to razor wire and armed guards.


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excerpts from ‘Remarks With Indian Minister of External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee’

by US Foreign Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Hyderabad House, New Delhi, 3 December 2008

We certainly understand too that there is a strong demand for bringing the perpetrators of such a crime to justice, and a deep desire to prevent any further attacks from taking place.

It is also a matter of preventing these terrorists who continue to plot and plan from perpetrating further crimes and further attacks.

In all responses, whether they are responses of governments around the world or the response of the Indian Government, the goal should be to make certain that the investigation gets to the bottom of what happened, that the perpetrators are brought to justice, and that there is enough information and a depth of understanding so that an effort can be made to prevent further attacks.

And as I said, we’re focused with India on both bringing the perpetrators to justice and on preventing further attacks.

But the response has to be the same, which is that the perpetrators have to be caught, they have to be brought to justice and they – and there has to be a maximal effort on preventing further attacks.


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2 thoughts on “Al-Qaeda threat to Indian resorts + Terror alert at Indian airports

  1. Fact To Control Terrorism for Future:

    The main Security Agencies and public policing agencies in India do not have any centralized data system of citizens to curb down the sensitive problems of terrorism, infiltration, and the movements of violent organizations. The Law enforcement machinery reacts measures after the terror attack occurs, in a manual check mode, Which is highly impractical in this advanced age. The adjoining countries Such as Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are major sources of Infiltration to India, Where similar cultures & similar human race exist,Therefore the Segregation & Analysis of the intruder is a difficult task on level of manual checking.


    From 1970 to 2004, 12,539 terrorist-related fatalities occurred in India, an average of almost 360 fatalities per year from terrorism in India. These fatalities peaked in 1991 and 1992, when 1,184 and 1,132 individuals, respectively, were killed in such incidents.

    Efficient Strategies are required in IB that compete with International Levels of Information & Technology. Centralized Database of Citizen’s is the basic & Best tool for IB, CBI, Police. With help of Centralized database, the Security Agencies will be aware on the classifications of its own citizen’s & the intruders from neighboring Countries or the black listed Individuals with the needful history data Of all its citizens for the Social Security. Centralization is highly Authentic as well as Centralization saves Huge Cost of the Government with use of Same data to various Departments of the Governance According to their Needs & Rights. Example Railways, Metro, Income tax Collection are visible examples of Successful Centralization of Citizen Data.

    Since September 11, terror attack on twin towers, America was able to control all activities Of Terror, This happened due to authentic National Database, not due to increase in Security forces. This Fact is highly considerable because In country Like India – Can we be assured that there will be No Terror attack After this Taj attack in Mumbai yesterday or Does India has the strategy to deal or control The future Terror Operations? Does India Knows who are Indians & Who are Anti nation Indians ? IT Companies like Infosys, Wipro, TCS make Huge Data Systems for other countries, but Indian State is not even utilizing the best In house IT resources. There are 52 Countries having authentic National Database Systems in their Countries including China, Africa, Argentina & many Developing / Underdeveloped Countries. This is due to realization of the importance of Citizen Database With the ruling People of those Countries.

    Are our Parliamentarians competent or well versed with the Security Technology in comparison to Governance in other countries?

    There are – 800 active cells of terrorism are working in our country, a statement of chief security advisor to P.M. How can we see the future of our progressing country safe?

    Conclusion Points:

    1. Constitutional Citizen Ship Act 14A should apply by Law not in form of Duty of Citizen.

    2. Implementation of Centralized National Data of All Citizen, Migrants, etc.

    3. All data will be used to Stop Infiltration from all borders of Sea, Air and Boundaries.

    4. Internal Security check at all points of requirement of State including Police PCR.

    5. Control on Violent organizations that co exist & grow with local communities

    6. All Permanent address & Rented address of all citizen will be a part of centralized data

    7. Financial Bank Accounts scrutiny from all required Points by IB, CBI acc. To rights

    8. Control & Watch on Incoming Suspicious Travelers

    9. History Check for identity / Qualification from the data before recruitment in Forces

    10. Buying/renting vehicle to be sold by checking citizen data card

    11. Cell / phone subscription to be issued by checking citizen data card 12. Hotel checking
    by data card or passport if non indian

    12. Employment in private sector to be given after citizen data verified by govt. Agency

    13. University admissions after getting citizen data verified

    14. Control in smuggling of arms by giving citizen data number verified for exporting or delivery of consignment.

    1. All these given data points are already being collected by govt. Agencies but all the data remains least useful & highly highly, about 25 times expensive due to non centralization & linking to centralized citizen data number.

    2. Data is lifeline of governance or institution or school or any big organization. Even Pakistan, Bangladesh has this system, implementation differs country to country.

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