Media reports indicate that a Pro ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al Shams) media organisation has warned of attacks in India through publication of graphic depicting Taj Mahal as a possible target. The graphic by the Ahwaal Ummat Media Center was posted on a channel of Telegram.
Given reports of spread of propaganda of the ISIS in India high situational awareness of a terror threat particularly bomb is warranted in public places such as transportation hubs, tourist spots, shopping plazas, cinema halls and religious places. Immediate reporting of untoward incident and cooperation with security authorities is warranted.
The Centre sounded an alert across the country in the wake of a suspected terrorist, having possible links to a train blast in Madhya Pradesh, hiding in the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. “We are alert. We have sounded an alert all over the country,” Union Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Ahir told reporters here. He said the Uttar Pradesh Police was doing a commendable job to nab the terrorist holed up in a house in Kakori area in the outskirts of Lucknow. [PTI Report 7 March. Reproduced in Public Interest]. The Terrorist has been subsequently killed in the operation by the US State Police but the high alert continues
Post London Lone Ranger strikes, increase in threat letters, infiltration of Bangladesh based terrorist groups in North East, West Bengal, Telangana and Hyderabad, clashes in Western UP in last week communal triggers, intensified electoral activity civic body elections in Delhi, water related protests Southern Metros, heat wave alert, south, west and central India
Terrorist affected zones Jammu and Kashmir, North East and Central Indian areas under Naxal influence will continue to remain vulnerable.
Avoid areas with large crowds exercise due caution to avoid direct engagement. Remain aware of the surroundings, monitor local events and ensure high degree of vigilance for personal safety in the areas identified.
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ICICI Bank Issues Alert against fishing calls
ICICI Bank one of the largest private banks in India has issued an alert against fishing calls. The Bank circular through Email to customers has asked clients to be careful about fraudulent callers seeking your bank details.
The Bank states that bank representatives will never ask for personal banking details. In addition a few scenarios where a fraudster might be at work are also portrayed such as:-
“Your account will be deactivated, unless you do…”
“This call is to verify your account details, if you do not verify your account will be closed”
“Bank is offering you an upgrade of your Debit Card…”
“Your Reward Points will expire in next month, to use it…”
“For security purpose, kindly update mobile number XXXXXX2456 in your account
using ATM/Debit Card on IVR”
The callers may possess a few of basic personal details such as name or phone number.
The Banks warns that personal banking details such as: User ID, Account Number, OTP to generate password online, transaction and Service Requests and Grid values on Reverse of
Debit Card should not be revealed on telephone under any circumstances
Voice phishing also known as Vishing (V+ishing) is the criminal practice of exploiting telephone to gain access to private personal and financial information from the public for the purpose of illicit financial reward as per the Wikipedia
As Islamic State of Iraq and al Shams (ISIS) hold over swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria weakens due to international military efforts and the likelihood of its battle-hardened foreign fighters returning to their respective homeland increases, agencies here have warned of a "grave" terror threat from the Indian returnees. Sources in the intelligence agencies estimate that number of Indians battling it out as foreign fighters in IS territory is between 40 and 50. This, they feel, is far more serious than the current trend of online radicalisation by Syria and Afghanistan-based IS recruiters and handlers, as a direct, personal indoctrination would have far more impact and outreach. [Source - Times of India 31 December 2016. Reproduced in Public Interest]