- Oct 2, 2009
New Delhi: India today decided to rush 40 ITBP commandos to strife-torn Afghanistan for protection of its people and assets while its Embassy in Nepal will be fortified following a threat of a Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) attack.
The decisions to have more commando presence were taken following a review of the security for Indian assets by the Government in the wake of the audacious attack in Kabul last month on places frequented by Indians and the LeT threat to the mission in Kathmandu, an official said.
The government is also contemplating to review security in the Indian Embassy in Colombo.
"Though there is no specific threat to Colombo mission which is well guarded, we will review security there too," an official said. The mission is guarded by BSF personnel.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police(ITBP) commandos would leave for Kabul on Saturday, the official said.
The official said while some would be deployed at Indian missions, a few others would be stationed in guest houses frequently used by Indians involved in development work.
A team of central security agencies would also leave for Afghanistan shortly to review the security situation.
Based on the report filed by the team, sources said the government would decide whether to scale up the deployment of Indian security personnel.
National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon also visited Kabul last week to review the situation.
An official said the decision to fortify the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu was taken following Intelligence inputs that Pakistan-based LeT may try to target it and diplomats.
"We have reviewed the security after the Intelligence inputs and have decided to fortify the Embassy in Kathmandu which include deployment of more commandos and putting in place more security measures," the official said. The Embassy is guarded by commandos of Central Industrial Security Force.