Tarakeshwar: High security in Tarakeshwar Temple ahead of the annual shivratri festival. Huge security has been deployed at the temple premises. Metal detectors are installed at the entrance. Cars and vehicles near the temple are being checked are undergoing thorough check up by police.
The annual festival of Shivratri is a big crowd puller in Tarakeshwar.The state of West Bengal becomes gradually the most preferable terror hub of the Islamic State operatives and other Islamic outfits. A sinister plot hatched by global terror outfit Islamic State (ISIS) to orchestrate terror attack in West Bengal was busted with the arrest of Ashif Ahmed, an operative of the group from Durgapur few days back.
As per reports, Ashif during interrogation revealed a plot to attack famous Tarakeshwar temple in Hooghly district. The terror attack would be most fatal at the time of MahaShivratri festival when lakhs of Hindu devotees are usually assembled in the famous Taraknath Temple at Tarakeshwar every year.
The detailed plan and photographs of the temple was reportedly passed by Ashif to Zari, another IS operative. A mobile provided by Zari was also seized from Ashif’s home in Dhanekhali area, said police.
Both Ashif and Zari were in constant touch with ISIS’s second-in-command in Syria named Yusuf alias Sufi Arman, said officials.
Ashif’s arrest by NIA from the state has jolted the security establishment. The Islamic state is now feared to have penetrated deep inside the minority community in the state.
A recent survey had showed that after Jammu and Kashmir the most number of internet searches on ISIS originates in West Bengal.
An alert is likely to be issued in famous Shiva Temples in West Bengal during Maha Shivaratri festival to avert any untoward incidents further.