Police in Mumbai is on high alert, scouring the city for 26 Pakistani nationals, who have gone missing for the past two to three weeks. Among them is a man who stayed in Juhu for nearly 10 years and ran a shop in the area.
Police said none of them provided accurate details about where they were staying or who they had come to meet while filling up the C-forms, a document all Pakistanis entering India have to fill.
This came to light when security agencies tried to trace them, said official sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is leading the manhunt, which was triggered by alerts from intelligence agencies of India.
The search for the 26 people intensified when security agencies could not trace them based on information provided in the C-forms. The C-form has the address of the person or hotel in India where a Pakistani national is staying, the duration of the stay and a copy of the passport, visa and residential permit.
The Maharashtra ATS has sent teams to all hotels and lodging houses in Mumbai to look for them.
There have been many anti-Pakistan groups in India, the right-wing political parties are frequently using anti-Pakistan sentiments. The most prominent is the Indian extremist party Shiv Sena, with an ambition to destabilise the security situation in the region.
Shiv Sena, a Hindu extremist group has been harassing the minorities living in India and threatening its secular face. The group, a partner of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, is headed by founder Bal Thackeray’s son, Uddhav Thackeray.