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Ayodhya attack: security beefed up in twin cities

HIGH ALERT: Police patrol the Birla Temple Complex in Hyderabad on Tuesday following the terrorist attack in Ayodhya.

HIGH ALERT: Police patrol the Birla Temple Complex in Hyderabad on Tuesday following the terrorist attack in Ayodhya.  

BJP, MIM condemn the incident; security lapse alleged

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: A high alert was sounded in the State capital following the terrorists' attack in Ayodhya on Tuesday morning. Security was beefed up at strategic locations and at important religious places. Patrolling had been stepped up in the communally sensitive Old City.

"Instructions were issued to look out for suspicious characters and we're ready to face any eventuality," the Additional Commissioner of Police (co-ordination), Tejdeep Kaur Menon, said. She maintained that security arrangements were already in place in view of the Bonalu festival scheduled to begin in a couple of days. Meanwhile, condemning the terrorist attack, the city unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held a demonstration here on Tuesday afternoon.

The former Union Minister, Bandaru Dattatreya, the Himayathnagar MLA, G. Kishen Reddy, the Deputy Mayor, Subhash Chanderji, and others participated in the demonstration led by the party's city chief, Venkatramani, according to a press release. Condemning the terrorist attack, the Hyderabad MP, Asaduddin Owaisi, demanded a CBI enquiry into the incident. Describing it as a glaring example of security lapse, he appealed to the people to maintain peace and not fall into the trap of communal parties trying to derive political mileage out of the incident.

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