Anand Haridas

The City Police and Quick Reaction Team conducted a security drill at the synagogue in Mattancherry.

KOCHI: As they close in on the real accused in the Kalamassery bus burning case, the police have increased the security cover to vital installations in the city, anticipating an attack to divert the attention.

The City Police, along with a 40-member Quick Reaction Team, conducted a security drill at the Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry, on Thursday. The drill, which was on from 11 a.m. to 11.45 a.m., was meant as a security audit and also to get a clear idea about the positions to be taken during an emergency.

Similar drills would be conducted at important points in the city soon. Even a low key attack like the one made at the district collectorate here in the first week of July, could divert public attention from the case, police sources said.

The police blew the cover used by the suspects in the case related to torching a bus owned by the Tamil Nadu Transport Corporation at Kalamassery on September 9, 2005.

Interim report filed

The probe by the special team proved that many of the accused listed during earlier inquiry were not involved in the crime. Some of them were part of the conspiracy.

The interim report filed before the Aluva Judicial First Class Magistrate-I on Thursday has at least two accused — Thadiyantavide Nazir and Mohammed Navas — having clear connections to the Lasker-e-Toiba (LeT).

The police are on the look-out for one more suspects in the case.

Senior police officials, however, ruled out the mock drill on Thursday having any connection to the visit by Pakistan-born Canadian Tahawwur Mohammed Rana, the financier for David Coleman Headley, the LeT operative who was arrested in the U.S. recently. It was suspected that the mock drill was conducted after tracing the mobile phone used by Rana during his visit to the city last year.

The present high alert is being made ahead of filing of chargesheet in the Kalamassery case by the special team, it is learnt. But what plagues the force is lack of back-up from the intelligence agencies.

The intelligence sources have no idea about visitors to the city, as it happened with Rana.

The police department in the State has not been given the authority to track telephone calls or sniff emails. The State police are yet to have an interceptor to track suspicious calls or mails.

The forces in metros like New Delhi and Mumbai have geared up to pre-empt any terrorist attack, after the November 26 attack.

Senior police officials also point out the high security screening in place for countries like the U.S. and the U.K.

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