New Delhi : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today warned that terrorist groups may try to disrupt the forthcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls and asked security forces to remain alert.
Voicing concern over a “substantial increase” in the number of communal incidents in some states, he said they must be tackled with utmost firmness, without prejudice, fear or favour.
“There is a likelihood of attempts (by terror groups) to disrupt the forthcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The security forces need to be careful,” the Prime Minister said while addressing a conference of country's top police brass here.
Referring to the recent communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining districts in Uttar Pradesh which claimed many lives and displaced thousands, Singh said law and order agencies must ensure that trivial or local issues are not exploited by vested interests to inflame communal passions.