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LeT threat over Bhakra Nangal dam
A Correspondent in Delhi |
March 18, 2009 17:47 IST
Last Updated: March 18, 2009 17:53 IST
Central security agencies have alerted the Director General of Police of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh [Images] to the possibility of an terror strike on dams, particularly the Bhakra Nangal project, with the intent of creating economic destability in India.
If the Bhakra Nangal Dam is broken, thedamage would be enormous. Estimates show 1500 villages will be marooned and food production will be halted for the next six months. The loss of life and livestock would be very great.
This is why the terrorists want to re-enact a Mumbai [Images] type attack to show their 'presence' and to convey that they are active in India.
Since 9/11 the strategies of terrorists have been innovative, like using the aircraft as a missile in New York and the London [Images] train attacks, and later in Mumbai, taking all the occupants of Taj Hotel [Images] as hostage to create panic.
This information about a possible terrrorist strike was intercepted from a mobile phone conversation between two Lashkar-e-Tayiba [Images] operatives in Pakistan.
Technical teams of the Intelligence Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing have intercepted and analysed
Described as New Temple of Resurgent India' by Pandit JawaharLal Nehru, Bhakra Nangal Dam, situated across the river Sutlej, is a combination of the Bhakra and Nangal dams. Bhakra dam is 13 km upstream from Nangal. It is the highest gravity dam in the world.