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State police put on full alert

High security for vital installations

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, on Tuesday directed the police to be on full alert following the serious case of terrorism in Ayodhya.

Soon after the Legislative Assembly was adjourned for the day, the Chief Minister chaired a high-level meeting which was attended by the Chief Secretary to the Government, K.K. Misra; the Principal Secretary to the Government, Home Department, Brahma Dutt; the Director General and Inspector General of Police, B.N.P. Albuquerque; the Commissioner of Police, Bangalore, Ajai Kumar Singh; and other senior police officers.

The Chief Minister told The Hindu that he had instructed the police to step up the security arrangements in sensitive areas, around places of worship and vital installations.

"We cannot take chances. Bangalore has several important installations such as the Indian Space Research Organisation, HAL, NAL, and the Indian Institute of Science and business establishments. Anti-national elements can also cause disturbances and panic," he said.

Mr. Dharam Singh said police presence will be stepped up at the Bangalore Airport and bus and railway stations.

The Chief Minister will review the law and order situation as and when required over the next few days.

The Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Subash Bharani, told The Hindu that all Police Superintedents have been directed to mobilise police personnel in their jurisdiction. "We have even asked them to recall those who are on leave, except on medical grounds," he said.

The Bangalore Police Commissioner, Dr. Ajai Kumar Singh, said the city police are on the alert and ready to take action against anti-social elements.

The police are keeping a close watch on the activities of the anti-social elements, Mr. Ajai Kumar Singh added.

Demonstration

The Sangh Parivar activists on Tuesday afternoon staged a demonstration near the State Bank of Mysore Circle here to condemn the terrorist attack in Ayodhya. Sporting saffron flags and placards, the members of the Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and other Sangh Parviar organisations burnt an effigy of terrorists to register their protest against the attack.

The ABVP leaders, who have called for a nationwide protest, said, "Islamic terrorism is systematically creeping into the nation and the policies of the Centre are aiding the terrorist outfits."

By withdrawing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), opening the borders for free movement and entertaining the Bangladeshi infiltrators, the Centre is indirectly helping the terrorists to step up their activities, they said.

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