Atiq Khan

LUCKNOW: In the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Mumbai, the Uttar Pradesh Government has directed the district magistrates to sensitise the hoteliers to strengthen their security paraphernalia.

In this context, the District Magistrate and the SSP of Agra held a meeting with the managements of the five-star and four-star hotels in which the hoteliers were asked to install CCTVs and upgrade the private security deployed in the hotels.

They were also asked to coordinate with the police.

Agra receives the maximum tourist population, including foreigners, in the State followed by Varanasi and Lucknow.

According to State ADG (Law and Order and Crime) Brij Lal, other district magistrates have been asked to convene similar meetings with the hotel staff. Mr. Lal said it was impossible to deploy police force in all the hotels, but they would be ever ready to assist the hotel staff in any eventuality.

He said the U.P. police are well-equipped to counter the terrorist menace, which was borne out in the manner in which they repulsed the terrorist attack in Ayodhya in July 2005. He said the terrorists were armed with rocket launchers, hand grenades and AK-47 rifles but they were overpowered by the police.

The ADG said the State police were equipped with SAF carbines, which are capable of firing 720 rounds per minute, AK-47s, Insas, block pistols, grenades, light machine guns and bullet-proof jackets.

Under the police modernisation scheme, efforts were on to procure MP5 sub-machineguns, which fire 600 rounds per minute and are used for high-security duties. Besides, the U.P. Police and Provincial Armed Constabulary have trained commandos.

The ADG said the UP Police would coordinate with the Maharashtra police if the latter wanted to interrogate Mohammad Faheem Ansari, who was arrested for his involvement in the terror attack on the CRPF group camp in Rampur, U.P., on January 1 this year.

Police had seized maps of the Mumbai Stock Exchange, the Maharashtra DGP office and other vital installations in the country’s financial capital from Ansari’s possession.