Nagpur: Threat to Sachin was Just an Intel Faux Pas

Soumittra S Bose/TNN 
Nagpur, Nov 4:
It is one incident that would raise a fresh question mark over the ‘intelligence inputs’ that various agencies routinely receive. On Sunday, Sachin Tendulkar during a practice session in Delhi.

the Nagpur police tightened the security arrangements being made for the Indian and Australian teams arriving in the city on Monday for the fourth Test.

This was done in view of specific intelligence input that terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed might try to target Sachin Tendulkar. This was carried by a section of the media and understandably raised concerns everywhere. However, by Monday evening, the city police chief Praveen Dixit had a lot of explaining to do.

Apparently, the city police’s special branch which looks after the intelligence gathering and interpretation had goofed up by simply dusting up an old 2006 memo and circulating it as new. An embarrassed Dixit told the media there was no threat to any individual player or team.

"The security arrangement has been drawn up keeping the general threat perception in view which existed from the first day of the series and not just the Test match in the city," he emphasised.

It turned out that SB had managed to dig out a ‘threat’ of 2006 when central intelligence and interrogation details of some suspects in 7/11 bomb blast in Mumbai had indicated that there was a threat on Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Mukesh Ambani. Tendulkar’s security was stepped up following the report. 


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