Security tightened in UP

Special Correspondent

Special vigil near flying clubs and air strips

Security spruced up in districts bordering Nepal

LUCKNOW: In view of fears expressed by intelligence agencies about the possibility of an air attack by terrorists on Republic Day, special vigil has been mounted on and near flying clubs and air strips in Uttar Pradesh as also open spaces which are used for the flight of micro-light aircrafts, small aeroplanes, helicopters and hang gliding.

As security was tightened throughout the State on Monday, directives were issued to the district and range police officers to ensure that there is adequate security at the airports. They have been asked to coordinate with the Central Industrial Security Force which has been given the responsibility of maintaining security at the airports.

In addition, the security agencies have been instructed to conduct a search of the hotels, food joints, dharamshalas, cinema halls, bus terminals and railway stations.

The main Republic Day function in the State is held in Lucknow where the Governor takes the salute at the annual parade in front of Vidhan Bhawan in the presence of the Chief Minister. Functions are also held at all district headquarters.

Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Brij Lal said here on Monday that eight companies of PAC and six companies of Rapid Response Team (RRT) have been deployed in Lucknow for maintaining law and order. Mr. Lal said effective security measures have been taken in the National Capital Region districts bordering Delhi, as well as in the districts bordering Lucknow. Security has also been spruced up in the districts bordering Nepal in coordination with Sashastra Seema Bal.

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