BARC on hitlist of Pakistan-based terror groups
Extra-vigilant security officials are having a tough time in manning Anu Shakti Nagar, the residential complex housing nearly 10,000 people adjacent to the facility, battling BARC authorities for regulating campus' entry and exit, officials privy to the arrangements said.
Recently, two labourers from Kashmir were detained by security personnel manning the complex and released only after their background check was done.
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Image: Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai
Jaish-e-Mohammed may attack BARC: Indian intel
Intelligence inputs from various agencies indicate that BARC continues to be one of the favourite targets of Lashker whereas other terror groups including the Jaish-e-Mohammed could also make attempts to attack it.
Security agencies have asked for proper manning of entry and exit points and if possible restrictions on entry of other locals residing in adjacent areas, who frequent the Anu Shakti Nagar for shopping, the sources said.
Image: Maulana Masood Azhar, head of Pakistan's Jaish-e-Mohammed
Navy, Coast Guard maintain tight vigil near BARC
The security around the nuclear installation has been tightened and efforts were on to ensure proper cover to the mangroves located close to the BARC complex, the sources said.The rear side of the BARC, located on a hill op, can be seen from the Arabian Sea.
Security at nuclear, space research centres tightened
The confessional statements made by Headley and another Lashker-e-Tayiba terrorist Sarfaraz Nawaz, who was deported from Muscat last year, have also shown that BARC is one of the prime targets for the terror groups.
Nawaz had stated in his statement before the police that Lashker was planning to target top ten scientists in the country, some of them from BARC.
As a result the security around these scientists, who have not been identified and are working in crucial areas of nuclear, defence and space research, has already been tightened.
While Nawaz was deported and brought back by security agencies from Muscat, his accomplice T Nazir had been arrested along the Indo-Bangladesh border last year. Both of them had allegedly played a key role in Bangalore blasts.
Pak army directed Headley to recee BARC
In April 2008, Headley took a taxi and went to BARC and videographed the entire area including the Anu Shakti Nagar and later had food in a nearby restaurant. "I conducted four boat rides at different places for the reconnaissance of the landing sites," Headley had said.
The American-born terrorist also said that the same video about BARC was handed over to Major Iqbal and not to his handler "Sajjad"
Image: David Headley