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Security intensified at RSS, VHP offices in capital

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

New Delhi – Security was Thursday beefed up around the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) office in the capital after an early morning terror attack was foiled in the organisation’s headquarters in Nagpur.

Taking precautionary steps, Delhi Police has also intensified security outside the office of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in south Delhi along with the RSS office in central Delhi’s Jhandewalan area.

‘We have posted some armed guards outside the RSS office and have also asked our senior officials to personally check the arrangements,’ said Neeraj Thakur, deputy commissioner of police.

He said Delhi was a sensitive target for terrorists and they did not want to take any chances.

Besides, plainclothes policemen have been posted at New Delhi and Old Delhi railway stations.

‘We took the precautionary steps soon after news broke out about the attack,’ said R.S. Yadav, deputy commissioner of police, adding that police did not have any threat information.

The attack in Nagpur, the winter capital of Maharashtra, took place around 4.15 a.m. Three armed terrorists wearing police uniforms were shot dead when they tried to barge into the headquarters of the RSS, India’s most influential Hindu nationalist group.

No organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack so far but police say the modus operandi and the planning point to the hand of the Lashker-e-Taiba, the terror outfit that is based in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

This attack comes within days of a series of arrests of suspected militants, shootouts and seizures of explosive materials from terrorists in the Maharashtra cities of Aurangabad and Nashik.

Police sources said in Mumbai that the RSS top brass – none of whom were inside the building at the time – were warned of such an attack in the wake of intelligence reports of suspicious militant movement in and around Nagpur.