Security experts feel these should be a wake-up call for India. Terrorists have started focussing on soft targets instead of high profile ones and there’s the new threat of the lone-wolf operator.
Due to the effect of the Peshawar attack, the Indian government has issued an advisory to beef up security in schools, colleges and public places like markets, railway stations, bus stands etc., across the country.
Indian intelligence agencies have received inputs on possible terror attack plans on Delhi hotels and on Delhi-Agra highway. The advisory, the experts feel, should be backed up by robust on the ground action.
The gravity of the situation becomes more serious after Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed blaming India for the massacre of children.
Observes counter-terrorism analyst Anil Kamboj: “In India, we’ve more soft targets than elsewhere and it can happen anywhere. We’ve seen it in the past – Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bodh Gaya, Hyderabad and Varanasi.”
Says Prakash Singh, who had tweeted, “Wake up India, u r vulnerable” just a fortnight before the recent Maoist attack in Sukma (Bastar).