New Delhi: Intelligence agencies have warned that terror groups including Islamic State may be preparing child squads to carry out a fidayeen attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi this Republic Day.
According to Times of India, militant groups are providing weapons and explosives training to boys aged 12-15 to target the Prime Minister. The alert was issued on Friday and circulated among SPG, police and intelligence units in NCR.
Following this alert, the Special Protection Group (SPG), responsible for PM's security, has deployed additional security forces around Modi and urged him not to breach the security cordon.
NSA Ajit Doval have also asked the Prime Minister not to breach the security this Republic Day as he did during Independence Day celebrations last year to interact with children at the Red Fort.
The security agencies, on the other hand, have directed Special Cell of Delhi Police to carry out search operations and keep a watch for possible suspects on R-Day.
Recently, ISIS had released a video on social media showing the indoctrination and training of child 'soldiers'. Also, the militant groups based in PoK and Af-Pak have children in their camps.
The French foreign intelligence unit, directorate general of external security and Indian agencies, assisted by CIA, are on high alert as this Republic Day, the security threat has been on an all-time high.
Earlier this week, Indian agencies have arrested over 20 ISIS operatives on the leads provided by CIA.