Gujarat on High alert amid fears of militant attack in India

AHMEDABAD // The western Indian state of Gujarat was placed on high alert on Sunday after officials said they received intelligence reports that around 10 suspected militants from Pakistan had entered the state.

Policemen checked cars and buses on highways and at the entrance of major cities and towns, said Gujarat’s home minister, Rajnikant Patel, adding that around 25 members of India’s elite national security guards (NSG) have reached Gujarat to beef up security.

Security was also stepped up in the Indian capital of New Delhi, with additional police and paramilitary troops assigned to shopping malls, railway stations and other crowded places.

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Some fishing boats have been found abandoned near the coast over the past few days, raising suspicions that militants from Pakistan had entered Gujarat by sea, Mr Patel said.