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New Delhi: Killing of Osama Bin Laden deep inside Pakistan is a matter of grave concern as it underlines India’s apprehensions that the country gives assistance to different terrorist organizations, Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Monday.

"We take note with grave concern that part of the statement in which President Obama said that the fire fight in which Osama Bin Laden was killed took place in Abbotabad 'deep inside Pakistan'.

"This fact underlines our concern that terrorists belonging to different organisations find sanctuary in Pakistan," Home Minister P Chidambaram said in a statement.

The Minister said the perpetrators of Mumbai terror attack, including the controllers and handlers of the terrorists, continue to be sheltered in Pakistan.

"We once again call upon the Government of Pakistan to arrest the persons whose names have been handed over to the Interior Minister of Pakistan as well as provide voice samples
of certain persons who are suspected to be among the controllers and handlers of the terrorists," he said.

Chidambaram said that on Monday the US government informed New Delhi that bin Laden had been killed by security forces somewhere "deep inside Pakistan".

He said the US had reason to go after Obama and bring him to justice.

"After the September 11, 2001, terror attack, the US had a reason to seek Osama bin Laden and bring him and his accomplices to justice," the statement said.

Krishna hails US efforts

Terming the feat as a victorious milestone in the global war against terrorism, India on Monday said the world "must not let down" its united effort to eliminate the safe havens
that have been provided to terrorists in its neighbourhood.

"President (Barack) Obama of the US has just announced that his government has conducted a successful operation that has resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden deep inside Pakistan.

"This operation brings to closure an almost decade-long search for the head of the al Qaeda," External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said in a statement.

BJP slams Pakistan

Terming the elimination of Osama bin Laden as a confirmation that Pakistan remains the
"epicentre of global terror", BJP on Monday said India must ensure that those responsible for the 26/11 terrorist attacks must be handed over to it.

While Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj in her tweet called Laden "humanity's enemy number one", BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said he (Laden) was the most visible and dangerous face of global jihadi terror.

"We demand that all the terrorists responsible for terror attacks from across the border must be handed over to India. It is a litmus test for Pakistan. Government of India must
acknowledge this fact in all future talks with Pakistan," Prasad said.

He said, "He was killed in Pakistan, almost in the backyard of its capital, Islamabad. This is the final confirmation of the hard fact that Pakistan remains the epicentre of global terror where terrorism and terrorists both are allowed to be encouraged and given shelter."

He further said that India is entitled to insist that perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai attack must be handed over.

On US not informing Pakistan about its operations against Laden, he said, "For US, Pakistan is a valuable ally, the fact that it did not share campaign against terror with Pakistani establishment is surprising. US should reflect on it."

High alert in Karnataka, Kerala, WB

With the death of global terrorist Osama Bin Laden the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security has sounded a general alert and security has been tightened at the nearby Nedumbassery airport on Monday.

At all entry points to the airport, the security will be strengthened, passengers would be thoroughly checked and ladder-point checking would also be introduced, airport sources said.

Cargo movements would be thoroughly checked, they said. Police, Intelligence Bureau, Central Industrial Security Force have been alerted.

Karnataka government has directed the state police to be on high alert and take steps to
maintain law and order in the wake  of killing of Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden.

The Centre has sounded a nationwide alert after bin Laden's death and the state had taken all precautionary measures, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said. Police said a constant vigil was being maintained across the state.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Government also alerted the BSF and the administrations of its border districts with Bangladesh following the killing of Osama bin Laden.

"The border districts administrations have been alerted. BSF has also been asked to remain on alert," Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh told reporters when asked if the government has
taken any precautionary measures in the wake of killing of Laden.

Ghosh said police in plainclothes had been asked to keep a strict vigil in the city to avoid any untoward incident.

Police said security had been tightened in and around the US Consulate in Kolkata.

JPN/Agencies