Terrorists wear warm clothes even in hot weather, try to sneak past metal detectors, and may start running all of a sudden. So says an advisory displayed prominently at the RSS workers’ camp that began here on Friday.
The poster is titled “How to recognise terrorists?” and has been put up at an exhibition alongside pictures of the burning Taj hotel in Mumbai and the twin towers of the World Trade Center. There is a picture of a crowded train — with the question: “Are our trains safe?”
Terrorists, according to the advisory, “wear jackets in summer, approach people with casual talk, and try to dodge policing and metal detectors. They suddenly meet certain people and disappear, and there are sudden changes in their behaviour — if they are standing, they might start running.”
Gujarat Police drew criticism this week after dummies playing terrorists in a mock drill were made to wear Islamic skullcaps. Chief Minister Anandiben Patel conceded the police had made a “mistake”.
The posters have been put up by the Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS) or Sugrathit Rashtra Suraksha Manch, which describes itself on its website as an “apolitical organisation” seeking to “raise, discuss & propagate issues which have direct impact on our national security”.
The exhibition at which they have been put up is named after the Gujarati educationist and former president of the state VHP, Keshavram Kashiram — ‘KeKa’ in Gujarati — Shastri, and is part of the RSS’s three-day ‘Karyakarta Shivir’ at Dastaan farm in Naroda, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.
More than 25,800 swayamsevaks, along with scores of volunteers and the entire leadership of the RSS, including Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat, are at the shivir. Chief Minister Patel visited both the exhibition and the shivir.
The poster also describes “How to recognize suspicious vehicles?”
It says: “If changes in the numberplate are noticed, vehicles are seen parked for a long time, or if a vehicle appears to sag with weight at the rear… During investigations, vehicles with labels of the Indian government, beacons, ‘Mera Bharat Mahaan’, photos of any God or symbols of the national flag, must not be trusted; (also) vehicles with tinted panes.”