New Delhi, March 10: In a development which could prompt the tightening of India's security apparatus, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has warned of possible terror attacks during matches of the ongoing cricket World Cup 2011, which are scheduled to be held in India.
A leading news channel has accessed a letter from the IB to all the DGPs and Chief Secretaries of coastal states, alerting them that terror outfits like Al Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) are seeking time frames of the matches in the country.
The letter dated March 2, 2011 read, "Al Qaida & LeT are planning near term attack. Urdu speaking LeT cadres are likely to try to sneak into India in the next few weeks. Zabiuddin Ansari & his operations network which were behind the German Bakery attack in Pune are seeking the time frame of the World Cup matches in India."
The lettr also warned thatthe attacks would be in the large-scale nature as the 26/11 operation.
"Attack would be on par with the number of operative who participated in the 26/11 attacks. Some members of this cell are already in the country & some likely to arrive soon. Please take necessary precautions in your respective jurisdictions to detect any such attempt," the letter adds.
In response to the IB's alert, BCCI Media Wing chairman Rajiv Shukla said, "We are in touch with the ministry of home affairs. We are taking all the required precautions. The local administration and state government are making all the necessary security arrangements for the players, officials and spectators."