Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is making concerted efforts to carry out attacks in the country and to develop links in Maldives and other neighbours, the government said on Tuesday.
"Available inputs indicate that Pakistan-based terrorist groups primarily the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) are making concerted efforts to organise terrorist attacks in various parts of the country, inter-alia, including iconic institutions, prominent industrial installations and tourist locations among others," minister of state for home affairs Ajay Maken told Lok Sabha today in a written reply.
The minister said some of the prominent groups which pose a serious threat include LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizbul-Mujahideen (HM), Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami (HuJI), Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Al Badr, Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), Khalistan Commando force, International Sikh Youth federation (ISYF), United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and Communist party of India (Maoist).
"There is also another organisation, the Indian Mujahideen," the minister said.
Maken said, "The government continues to be alert to these threats and re-calibrates its measures to combat terrorism by way of reviewing threat perception and a number of important decisions and measures have been taken.
"Government has constituted National Investigation Agency (NIA).The Multi-Agency centre has been strengthened and reorganised to enable it to function on 24x7 basis for real time collection and sharing of intelligence with other intelligence and security agencies," he said.
In reply to another question, Maken said, "available input indicated that Lashkar-e-Taiba endeavours to develop links in India's neighbouring countries including the Maldives.
"India and Maldives continue to work closely in strengthening bilateral security cooperation. Our security concerns are conveyed through bilateral channels or mechanisms, with the concerned authorities," he said.
Government also denied any proposal to create the post of National Intelligence Coordinator to strengthen intelligence system.