Oct 29, 2006 at 12:05pm IST

'Terror reaches God's own country'

New Delhi: South India is increasingly becoming the new terror target of the country. The Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan says there is enough evidence to prove that terrorism in the state is being sponsored by Pakistan.

There is more disturbing news in store for Achuthanandan. Following the e-mail threat to attack Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his Kerala visit, it's been revealed that Mohammad Fahad, one of the two Pakistani militants arrested in Mysore, is based in Kozhikode.

Achuthanandan says, “There are more than enough indications to show that Pakistan sponsored terrorism is taking roots in certain parts of the state. Both centre and state security forces need to work in close co-operation to counter this new threat.”

Fahad's stepmother's home in Kozhikode was raided on Saturday by a joint police team from Kerala and Karnataka.

Police teams also raided the Minar Steel Factory in the district after a tip-off from central intelligence agencies.

One person, Akbar Shah alais Amal Raj, has been taken into custody by Kerala Police in connection with the e-mail threat to the Prime Minister. He hails from Cherthala.

Karnataka DGP B S sial says, "We are going to spread our network of investigation even up to J&K, Delhi, Mumbai and Kerala."

The police also learnt that Fahad got his birth certificate made from the Mysore city corporation just four months ago.

The corporation had earlier refused to give him one, but a local court order reversed that decision.

The certificate identifies him as Mohammad Khoya.

The Karnataka police are also on the lookout for 16 other Pakistanis who had come to Bangalore to watch a cricket match two years ago and have been untraceable since then.

Sial adds, "Either they have not given their addresses correctly or they are supposed to report to the nearest police station if they are going to stay at any place for more than a week. They have not reported that thing so we are trying to unearth those processes."

With Naveen Nair in Trivandrum and Deepa Balakrishnan in Bangalore