New Delhi :
Days before India’s 67th Republic Day celebrations, an intercept of a Bangladeshi mobile number has sent security agencies and Intelligence Bureau into a tizzy.
IB sleuths on January 15 twice intercepted the coded phrase "doctor medicine lekar jayega" alerting the Indian authorities of all incoming calls from Pakistan and Bangladesh based on a specific area or series of numbers.
According to reports, Bangladesh-based Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT) is planning to carry out terror strikes at 23 locations across India, including Gurdaspur and Pathankot again.
The report further adds that this time malls, bazaars and educational institutes could be on the group's radar.
HuT is planning these strikes with assistance from Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Notably, HuT's armed wing called Harakat ul-Muhojirinfi Britaniya trains its cadres in chemical, bacteriological, and biological warfare thus worrying the Indian authorities.
Punjab Police is taking the alert quite seriously especially after officials recently found a GPS device outside the barracks of the Railway Police Force (RPF) office in Ferozepur, a city which shares the border with Pakistan.
Significantly, this is the second high alert after the December 27 IB note that warned of a "spectacular" attack by at least 15 terrorists of JeM and LeT.
This alert was raised just ahead of the Pathankot strike.