The government of India will need to bolster its security services to counter the looming threat of terror strikes from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hizbul-Mujahiddin (HM), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and other terrorist organizations. These organizations have been responsible for numerous incidents of bomb blasts and other anti-national activities in India and are ready to strike at any opportune moment.
Now, a shocking revelation from former National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan makes it apparent that groups such as the Taliban that are presently active in Afghanistan, may attack India if they become successful in seizing power in the country. This is a warning signal to the security and intelligence establishments of India.
The 2008 Mumbai attacks have shown the vulnerability of India. In the attacks, gunmen from the infamous terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba fired indiscriminately at commuters in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station and this resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people. threat intelligence The terrorists also attacked places such as the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel, Nariman House, Cama and Albless Hospital, Metro Cinema, Oberoi Trident Hotel and the Leopold Café. The attacks began on 26th November and continued till 29th November 2008. During the attacks, at least 164 people were killed and around 308 individuals were severely wounded.
Thereafter, on 7th September 2011, a militant group associated with the al-Qaida, planned and executed the Delhi High Court attack which caused at least 10 deaths. Then, on 21st February 2013, the double bomb blasts in Hyderabad took the lives of at least 16 people. It is suspected that Indian Mujahedeen (IM), an India-based militant group, orchestrated the Hyderabad attacks.
All these attacks have exposed the loopholes in the Indian security system. Indian security and intelligence agencies have failed to function effectively and this has resulted in spiraling cases of terror strikes across the country. Pre-empting terror attacks is important to prevent extensive loss of lives and property. The NIA (National Intelligence Agency) and other security agencies have failed in this regard. So, now it`s the responsibility of the Indian government to scrutinize the functioning of these organizations and make them more effective as well as accountable.
My point is that it`s high time for the government in India to adopt additional measures for boosting its security and intelligence services. This is the need of the hour and it has to be done at any cost. Only then India will be able to secure itself against any internal/external terror threat. In this regard, it is worth-mentioning that private security services based in India can play a pivotal role in strengthening security in the country.