Jewish businesses in India warned to tighten security

(JTA) — Jewish establishments in India have been instructed to tighten security in and around their businesses.

The call came after the interrogation of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal by the National Investigation Agency in New Delhi and also in the wake of the Islamist attack on an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Indian police have called on Jewish establishments to hire security guards, install security cameras and issue ID cards in order to gain admittance to the businesses, according to NDTV. They also have been instructed to not allow parking around their buildings.

There reportedly are 12 Jewish establishments in Mumbai, including four in the southern part of the city. One of these buildings, the Nariman Chabad House, was attacked during a November 2008 terror attack in which six people were killed.

Bhatkal told investigators that Jewish establishments in Mumbai have been surveyed by the members of the Indian Mujahideen for possible terrorist strikes, NDTV reported. The organization reportedly was trying to seize Jewish hostages in order to trade them for jihadist terrorists, according to the Hindustan Times.

Following a nationwide alert issued ahead of Rosh Hashanah in early September, security was increased around the 20 Chabad houses in India, according to the Hindustan Times.